2018 Guilford Heart Ball raises nearly $100,000
March 14, 2018 – The numbers are in! Nearly 200 community and business leaders attended the American Heart Association’s 2018 Guilford Heart Ball Feb. 17, raising nearly $100,000 for heart disease and stroke research and prevention education.
Money raised for heart disease research, stroke research and prevention education
This total included an incredible Open Your Heart moment, with Heart Ball guests raising nearly $40,000 through strictly philanthropic gifts after meeting an inspirational woman from our community. Diana Washburn suffered a major stroke in March of 2005. After her stroke, she had to learn how to talk, walk, and drive again. She had lost total use in her right side, becoming left side dominant. Diana changed her life, lost over 100 pounds, got an assistance dog and started making healthy life choices. Diana and her assistance dog, Saffron, received a standing ovation from the Guilford Heart Ball crowd. The event also included a silent auction, gourmet dinner, live auction, and dancing to Sleeping Booty.
Heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and No. 5 killers of both men and women in the United States. Diseases of the Heart are the 2nd leading causes of death, and stroke is the 3rd leading cause of death in Guilford County. However, 80% of heart disease and stroke-related illnesses are preventable by managing risk factors and heart-healthy lifestyle changes.
About the American Heart Association – The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.