2015-2016 Greater Washington Region Heart Ball
Open Your Heart
Open Your Heart is an opportunity for individuals to make a purely philanthropic gift to the the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. 100% of your gift goes directly to our mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
Your generosity enables the American Heart Association to educate people on the risk factors and symptoms of heart disease and stroke, to develop hospital guidelines and protocols to improve patient care, and to fund groundbreaking research.
As long as heart disease continues to be the nation’s No. 1 cause of death, and stroke the No. 5 cause, the importance of our work remains critical. Please consider making a gift to Open Your Heart.
Together, we can change lives and save lives!
A Letter from Emily Rancourt
We will never forget the rhythmic sound of the blades beating overhead as we watched the helicopter land on top of the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. On June 14, 2014 a Hero’s heart was quickly ushered off of the aircraft, and into the operating room where our four-year-old daughter, Lily Grace, was waiting to receive her gift. Lily was born in China with only half of a heart, which was positioned upside down, backward, and in the right hand side of her chest. Shortly after birth, she was abandoned on an Emergency Room bench with very little hope for a future. After two failed attempts at open heart surgery, Lily was labeled “terminal” and placed on a list for adoption. The very thing that caused other adoptive families to turn away in fear had our family racing to bring our sweet daughter home.
Lily’s transplant is said to be the most complicated heart transplant ever done in the United States. Her Hero’s heart was placed in its correct anatomical position, and only attached to her left lung due to a complication from her first surgery in China. Lily would not be with us today if not for the American Heart Association.
Please support the AHA by making a gift to the Open Your Heart Campaign. With every research project you support, hope is born! The next great achievement in heart health awaits your investment. Miracles are possible – Lily Grace is proof of that. Help us make more miracles happen. Hope is why!
With heartfelt gratitude,