The final count of the College’s fundraising drive to benefit the American Heart Association (AHA) shows that CCHS contributed a total of $12,244 to the cause during the month of February. The funds from the College represent 30 percent of the total raised by the entire University of Alabama.
The University of Alabama, with its colleges and departments, raised approximately $35,000 for the AHA.
CCHS organized several fundraisers, including raffles for homemade items and store-donated items, food sales, t-shirt sales and spirit nights held at local restaurants.
The AHA fundraising activities concluded with the West Alabama Heart Walk, held at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater on February 15, 2014. The annual walk is the American Heart Association’s premiere event that brings communities together to raise funds and celebrate progress in the fight against heart diseases and stroke, two of the nation’s top killers.
The walk in Tuscaloosa had approximately 750 participants and raised $130,000 for the association.
According to the AHA, 473 of the 1,602 deaths recorded in Tuscaloosa County in 2009 were due to cardiovascular disease and/or stroke.
CCHS Dean Richard Streiffer, MD, thanked College faculty and staff “for your hard work supporting the American Heart Association and your commitment to improving the health of our local community.”