The mission of the American Heart Association (AHA) is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. The AHA’s annual Heart Ball celebrates the giving that fuels research and programs designed to prevent heart disease before it starts, and to help survivors thrive. The AHA funds critical cardiovascular and stroke research right here in our community and is currently funding $370,000 in grants at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler. Funds also support local public education and community programs. Those initiatives include establishing 911 access through cell phones, CPR training in local schools and businesses, fitness and health education for school children, and the elderly.
The 2013 Tyler Heart Ball, Louisiana Saturday Night, is scheduled for Saturday, February 23 at Villa di Felicita in Tyler. The event will feature multi-platinum country music artist Sammy Kershaw along with a silent auction, dinner, and dancing.
As chair of the 2013 Heart Ball, Janis King is encouraging the community to attend the event for an engaging evening of fun while also celebrating the lives saved and improved because of the efforts of the AHA, its donors, and its volunteers.
“Sponsors and attendees of the 2013 Heart Ball make a critical difference in the fight against heart disease by raising essential funds for research and education programs that continue to yield new life-saving prevention strategies and medical therapies,” Mrs. King said. “Through our celebration of heart health and living healthy lives, we’re able to raise precious resources that the AHA carefully and efficiently uses to maximize its efforts in Tyler and the East Texas community.”
Born in Houston, Texas, Mrs. King resided in Tyler from 1980 to 2004, and moved back to the community in 2012. She and her husband, David, have been married for 34 years and are the parents of Lauren, Matthew, and his wife, Whitney. Mrs. King holds her degree in nursing from Texas Eastern School of Nursing (now known as the Tyler Junior College School of Nursing and Health Sciences). Mrs. King is employed as a registered nurse in the Cardiac Critical Care Unit at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital. She is also the owner of All Doll’d Up in Tyler. The Kings are members of Rose Heights Church.
“David and I raised our children in Tyler, and my entire nursing career has been at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital. After leaving Tyler for eight years with my husband’s job, we were glad to once again call Tyler home,” Mrs. King said. “My husband and I have been unbelievably blessed. We believe it is our responsibility and our privilege to share that blessing with others through service, and we look forward to putting our time and resources toward all the many volunteer opportunities that Tyler has to offer.”
For more information on the American Heart Association’s 2013 Heart Ball, Louisiana Saturday Night, please call the AHA office at 903-452-7524.