Hearts at Large begins relationship with American Heart Association
Pictured from left: Olivia Lathrop of the Western New England Women’s Volleyball Team and Hearts at Large President & Founder, Andrew Jones
On August 31, 2015, Hearts at Large founder Andrew Jones was released from Hartford Hospital, and sent home to recover from open heart surgery. On November 19, with his mechanical heart’s battery pack over one arm and a stunning date on the other, he attended the Hartford Heart Ball, hosted by the American Heart Association. That day marked the beginning of HAL’s relationship with the national non-profit.
That evening, Hearts at Large made its first major donation, in the amount of $1,500 to American Heart Association, which works to foster cardiac care to minimize the disability and death caused by stroke and cardiovascular disease. As a candidate for a heart transplant, Andrew finds his values and goals align with those of American Heart Association – this is one of the reasons he began Hearts at Large.
The Hearts at Large Foundation is committed to saving lives by creating a network that inspires individuals, organizations and communities to increase the number of registered organ, eye and tissue donors nationwide and to help eliminate the need for organ transplantation through the funding of research, education, advocacy, and service.
Hearts at Large was conceptualized and launched from a room in the cardio wing of Hartford Hospital, where Andrew spent four months receiving treatment and awaiting a transplant.
It was fitting that less than three months after his surgery, Andrew got dressed for the ball to raise money and awareness for a cause that hits incredibly close to home – not just for him, but also for 85.6 million Americans living with cardiovascular disease and the after-effects of stroke.
Hartford Heart Ball is an evening of entertainment and hope. Community members, medical professionals and corporate leaders come together to celebrate the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.
Hearts at Large plans to continue to raise money for organizations that specialize in organ health while also creating a centralized system that allows individuals to register as organ donors without the hassle of visiting the DMV or filling out extensive forms online.
With Andrew at the helm, Hearts at Large moves forward with an unwavering commitment to supporting organ health, donation and transplantation. Join us.
Contributing author: Danielle Deavens