LKCF recognizes the value of community, especially when it comes to issues related to healthcare, and particularly in relation to heart health. This is why our blog will regularly provide information about groups, organizations, and foundations that can help you become more aware of heart and cardiac issues. We also encourage you to reach out to the community and offer whatever assistance that you can to our brothers and sisters who are battling heart and cardiac-related diseases.
Below is a list of foundations dedicated to finding and providing financial (and emotional) assistance to patients of heart and cardiac illnesses, as well as their family and friends.
The American Heart Association
The United States' oldest voluntary heart disease and stroke-focused organization, The American Heart Association was established in 1924 after a group of cardiologists joined forces. With over 150 local offices in the US, the organization is dedicated to public health education as a means of improving the lives of Americans. Their programs and projects are focused mainly on heart health awareness, research, information dissemination using various tools and outlets, and supporting, formulating, and pushing for stronger policies in public health. At present, the AHA has over 22 million supporters and volunteers.
The World Heart Federation
The World Heart Foundation works hand-in-hand with the World Health Organization (WHO) in helping middle and low-income countries fight cardiovascular diseases. Its primary goal is to reduce the global number of premature deaths resulting from cardiovascular diseases to 25% by the year 2015. The World Health Organization is composed of over 200 organizations that work on providing information, research, sources, and funding for the prevention, control, and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. The World Heart Foundation headquarters is in Geneva, Switzerland.
The Children's Heart Foundation
The Children's Heart Foundation is a group of volunteers who are dedicated to looking for funding for congenital heart defects research, specifically for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of the diseases. Likewise, it partners with other organizations and individuals in organizing projects that benefit their cause. Some of these projects include congenital heart walks and conferences with partner advocates. The CHF is a not-for-profit organization.