On Saturday, July 28 the ihearthearts Foundation presented their First Annual Cupcakes and Champagne Fundraising and Network Event at the James Oliver Galleryon 723 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia.
The ihearthearts foundation was founded by Latrice Milbourne after the tragic lose of her brother in November of last year. Her brother died of heart disease at the age of 25 and her family found it very hard to afford a funeral for their brother. That is when Latrice decided her brother wouldn’t die in vain and she would create a foundation for families in similar situations.
Ihearthearts does two things: helps to raise awareness about heart disease and helps assist families and those diagnosed with this disease. She decided that, instead of giving donations to research, it is just as important to help those dealing with heart disease and their families. Whether its paying a utility bill, purchasing their medicine, or buying groceries, it will lighten the burden on these families. She admits it can’t solve all of the problems that they will face, but it can help them.
She had two speakers for the evening.
One was a registered nurse who spoke about how to prevent heart disease through diet and exercise. She also explained the different types of heart disease such as arrhythmia, hypertension and sudden cardiac.
The next speaker was a woman who was diagnosed with heart disease at 38 and had to have a heart transplant. She explained all of the struggles that people fail to realize these individuals go through. She explained that after the surgery she no longer had health insurance and her medicine was over $6,000 a month. She had no after care to ensure she recovered at home and, if it wasn’t for her mother being a dietitian, she would not have known what to eat to remain healthy. That’s why she was very grateful for foundations such as ihearthearts for thinking about people such as herself and others. Her story was very inspiring and brought up memories of my own cousin receiving a heart transplant over 10 years ago.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease. Risk factors include inactivity, obesity, high blood pressure, smoking cigarettes, high cholesterol and diabetes. For more information about their organization follow them on twitter @iamihearthearts.