Join your Seattle Sounders FC & Coach Sigi Schmid and SCORE for The Hope!
Every child deserves to live a healthy life! Let’s Do This Together!
Be one of the first 5 donors tomorrow, May 3, with a gift of $100 or more and receive two tickets to the June 25, 2016 Seattle Sounders FC match against NYCFC.*
All donors with a gift of $200 or more, made on May 3, will be entered into a drawing to win an autographed Sounders FC ball.
Join GiveBIG, a one day online charitable giving event and give kids and their families the education and resources to live life free of cardiovascular disease.
Thanks to the Seattle Foundation, every donation during GiveBIG will be “stretched” with a portion of matching funds – your gift will make a larger impact and you will be part of the Biggest day of philanthropy in the Northwest.
Together We Can Make an Impact. Be an agent of change and make your GiveBIG gift before midnight, tomorrow May 3, 2016.
*Donations to The Hope must be made on the GiveBIG website between 12:01a.m. and 11:59p.m. on May 3, 2016 to be entered into the chance drawing for the autographed ball and to be counted among the first five donors.
Healthy Women = Happy Women
National Women’s Health Week (May 8th - 14th) is celebrated each May to empower women to make their own health a priority. Kicking off on Mother’s Day, this is a week to educate women about simple yet important lifestyle choices that can reduce the risk of developing life-threatening illness, such as cardiovascular disease.
Women wear a lot of hats - they’re mothers, wives, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, friends, and fill countless roles in our communities. They nurture others, juggle families and jobs, and efficiently check off the daily to-do list. But they don't always remember to add “take care of myself” to that list!
According to the American Heart Association, only 1 in 5 women in the U.S. believe that cardiovascular disease is the greatest threat to her health. Yet, more women die from heart attack and stroke than from all forms of cancer combined.
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services recommends these heart-healthy lifestyle choices:
- Get regular check-ups and preventive screenings.
- Be active! Try to exercise 30 minutes a day, five times a week.
- Eat a diet full of fruits and vegetables but low in saturated fat and salt.
- Get plenty of sleep and manage stress.
- Don’t smoke.
If it’s been a while since your blood pressure or cholesterol was checked, schedule a well-woman visit this month. High blood pressure and cholesterol are two easily controlled risk factors for heart disease and stroke. Know your numbers and take charge of your health.
The Heart Truth Community Action Grant
The Hope Heart Institute is one of four organizations nationwide to receive The Heart Truth Community Action Grant sponsored by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health as part of a public-private partnership with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI).
The grant is being used to integrate The Heart Truth, the NHLBI’s national education program for women about heart disease, and National Wear Red Day® with The Hope Heart Institute’s Women Take Heart Program. These initiatives help raise awareness about women’s heart disease symptoms and provide women with practical and effective tools for healthier living. We are partnering with YWCA, Valley Medical, Can Can, Global to Local and Mercy Housing to bring this important health education and tools to the diverse audiences they serve.
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in America.
- Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year – more than all cancers combined.
- 90% of women have one or more risk factors for heart disease or stroke.
- Up to 80% of heart disease and stroke events may be prevented by lifestyle changes and education
Women are less likely than men to believe they are having a heart attack and more likely to delay seeking emergency treatment. Recognizing heart attacks can be more difficult in women because they tend to have less “typical” symptoms, such as chest pain and arm numbness. Take the time to know the signs and When In Doubt Call 911.
Stroke Awareness Month
In the United States someone has a stroke every 40 seconds. Stroke is a health emergency and brain attack that cuts off vital blood flow and oxygen to the brain. It can happen to anyone at any time, regardless of race, sex or age. Learn to recognize the symptoms and act FAST: Face, Arm, Speech, Time to Call 911.
More than 7 million Americans are stroke survivors, and a recent report by the CDC says that stroke has dropped from the nation’s fourth-leading cause of death to No. 5. However, stroke remains a leading cause of disability in the U.S and affects more women than men. Learn to recognize the symptoms and act FAST: Face, Arm, Speech, Time to Call 911. This saves lives and limits stroke’s debilitating effects. Visit www.stroke.org to learn more.
Strokes Do Not Discriminate. David Irwin's story
David didn’t smoke. He was 44 years old, ate well and ran about 20 miles each week. He thoroughly enjoyed golf and played a good game. For those who know David Irwin, he certainly isn’t someone that would immediately pop into mind when the term “stroke victim” is mentioned.
One sunny day in January 2009, just after running his seventh marathon, David became just that – a stroke victim.
“I went down to Arizona and had just finished one of the warmest weather races I’ve ever ran,” David recalls. “I finished in four hours and felt weakened by the race. Two hours later I was in a van and the shuttle driver asked me a question about the race, and I remember my words coming out slurred. Thirty seconds later I answered and then I responded just fine. Little did I know that the first slurring was a TIA, or an initial sign a stroke was coming.”
A TIA, or transient ischemic attack, occurs when blood flow to part of the brain is blocked or reduced, often by a blood clot. After a short time, blood flows again and the symptoms go away. With a stroke, the blood flow stays blocked, and the brain and body can have permanent damage.
The afternoon, after the marathon, David flew home to his wife, son, and job as a west coast real estate developer, feeling his normal self. The only abnormal condition he faced, he said, was a really bad headache Tuesday night so he took some aspirin and went to bed around 7:30. Wednesday night brought the same condition. Thursday David woke up feeling fine and that evening flew up to Juneau from Seattle and went straight to bed – tucked in by 11:45 and no headache or any other abnormal symptom.
When David awoke at 5 a.m. he couldn’t move. Couldn’t move the entire right side of his body from his shoulder down to his toes. “I literally rolled out of bed and didn’t know what was going on. After 45 minutes of in and out of sleeping and consciousness I finally rolled myself around over to the other side of the bed and pulled myself up to the phone and called the hotel operator. “Two hours later I was on a medivac to Seattle and on my way to Harborview, where I spent the next 30 days,” David says.
In great health, relatively young and with no family history of stroke or telltale signs of a stroke up to a few days before it occurred, David is living proof that strokes do not discriminate.
Today, seven years later, David, a former “righty,” is now left handed. “I can move my right arm but it doesn’t do half of what it used to do. I can walk, but I can’t move my toes in my left leg. Part of me feels like my life has become smaller. I used to love to play golf and I used to play pretty well. I went from an 8 handicap to a 32 handicap since I have to play with just one hand,” he shares. “I have a bike but I don’t bike anymore.”
On the flip side, David hasn’t let his physical challenges stop him from traveling – or running. He has also published his book that had been sitting on his shelf for 20 years – “The Last Caddy,” a 260-page piece of fiction about a golf caddy and a golf course. “It had been sitting on my shelf for 20 years and I decided ‘heck with it,’ I am going to publish it,” David shares. “Last year my book won a PGA award for ‘Best Book.’ Now I am re-tooling the chapters of my second book and have started my third book, about my grandfather, a WWII pilot.”
It's time to tee up for a great cause?
Using our Golf Fore Red support materials, you'll be able to host your own golf tournament and help change the course of cardiovascular disease. Your event can be as simple as incorporating Golf Fore Red into your weekly league, or as elaborate as a full field tournament complete with an auction, prize drawings, special speaker and lunch! Plan your Golf For Red event today!
The Hope is the beneficiary of the Eastside Subaru Mother’s Day Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk event on May 8, 2016 at Juanita Beach Park in Kirkland.
The event is a fun and healthy way to celebrate moms everywhere and everyone can participate! Register now!
It’s Game On at this sports themed fundraising Happy Hour! Come join emcee Chris Daniels from KING5 and local sports personalities to score the win against cardiovascular disease. Walk on as an individual, or form a Team with friends, family and/or colleagues. It will be a sell out - make reservations now!
Save the Date!
Take Heart Luncheon, October 18, 2016
Sheraton Seattle Hotel
For events information and reservations, please visit www.hopeheart.org/events or phone 425.456.8767