DALLAS, June 9, 2023 — June 10 commemorates the anniversary of the founding of the American Heart Association, the nation's oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Leading up to the Association's June 2024 centennial, Texas is celebrating the Association's 99 years of work as the organization looks to build its next century of equitable health for all. 

Since 1924, the American Heart Association, devoted to world of healthier lives for all, has saved and improved lives, pioneered scientific discovery and advocated for healthy public policies in communities across the country. These bold moves have helped transform the nation’s health and significantly reduce heart disease and stroke death rates.

“We pledge to continue our relentless work to eliminate heart disease and stroke, optimize brain health and ensure equitable health in every community across the country,” said Sara Harwood, region senior vice president.  “We remain steadfast on our journey to transform heart and brain health and to ensure all people have the opportunity to live longer, healthier lives.”

The American Heart Association was founded by six cardiologists, but the distinguished achievements of the organization for the past century are the result of more than $5 billion invested in scientific research and the passion of more than 40 million volunteers, supporters and employees.

“As we close out our first 100 years and begin the next, our work remains as important as ever. We are just getting started on the next chapter of our relentless work to end heart disease and stroke,” said Austin Board of Directors Chairperson Virginia Visser. “We know that we can’t achieve our monumental goals alone and are grateful to the Texas community for the passion and commitment they give to support the mission of the American Heart Association.”

The American Heart Association’s centennial is a celebration of the lifesaving achievements and shared vision for a bold second century that will exponentially advance heart and brain health. The Association will continue to lead breakthroughs in science and technology, improve health care and advocate for federal, state and local policies drive healthier lifestyles.

Reaching for bold goals is made possible because of like-minded individuals and organizations who share in the vision of better health for Texas. 26 Texas donors have pledged support of donations of time, talent and funds as Second Century campaign donors. The leading organizations and generous individuals includes:

  • Alfred, Williams & Company (Austin)
  • Ascension Providence (Waco)
  • Centre for Neuro Skills (Austin)
  • CHRISTUS Spohn Health System (Corpus Christi)
  • Digital Realty (Austin)
  • Don and Donna Adam (Brazos County)
  • Encompass Health (Houston)
  • Fields Companies (Houston)
  • HCA Healthcare (Austin)
  • H-E-B (Austin)
  • Kelsey Seybold (Houston)
  • Marathon Oil (Houston)
  • Medical Properties Trust (Houston)
  • Memorial Hermann Health System (Houston)
  • MRC (Houston)
  • National Oilwell Varco (Houston)
  • Norton Rose Fulbright (Houston)
  • Oceaneering (Houston)
  • Pat Monday (Austin)
  • SLB (Houston)
  • St. David’s HealthCare (Austin)
  • St. Luke’s Health (Houston)
  • TechnipFMC (Houston)
  • Texas Mutual (Austin)
  • Virginia Visser (Austin)

The full list of Second Century donors can be viewed here.

To learn more about accomplishments in the first 100 years of the American Heart Association or how to participate in the Second Century campaign, visit heart.org/FoundersDay or contact Sara Harwood for more information.


About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart.orgFacebookTwitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.   

For Media Inquiries: 214-706-1173

Megan Jameson: 512-639-4366; Megan.Jameson@heart.org

For Public Inquiries: 1-800-AHA-USA1 (242-8721)

heart.org and stroke.org