Open Your Heart is the space within the American Heart Association where Heart Ball donors can see, celebrate and live their investment in our mission.
With one out of every three U.S. adults affected by heart disease or stroke, we have a lot more to do before everyone has the same opportunity to live a long and healthy life. That’s what Open Your Heart is trying to achieve.
Together, we can change lives and saves lives!
One of our Executive Leadership Team members will join us at the event to tell her story. Christina Bennett was born with a life-threatening heart condition. From the moment she was born, her future was uncertain. She was born with Ebstein’s Anomaly, frequently a fatal diagnosis. Although a normal life wasn’t in the cards for Christina, she made the best of her condition and kept a positive outlook. Now as an adult, Christina looks forward to her wedding day and her transplant day. She has much to face in the days, months and years ahead, but her hope is that advancements in medical science will pace ahead of her to clear the way for her long life. At least 3 advancements tied directly to American Heart Association funded research have contributed to Christina’s survival up to now. Christina knows very well how important future advancements by the American Heart Association are.