MATCHING GRANT OPPORTUNITY!
We are happy to announce that Gill-Holler Insurance has pledged a $5,000 Matching Grant to secure funds for this new program. Your donation today will help us reach the first $10,000!
About the Campaign:
It's always hard when you lose a family member or friend at a young age, no matter what the reason. It really hits home when we lose another person to heart disease. For most of us, we don't even know we have it until we have a heart attack or, worse, our family finds out after we have become another victim to it.
Last year, we lost our friend Ed Holler at age 52 from this silent killer.
Many people in our area knew Ed ... many of us called him friend. It was a shock to his family and to everyone who knew him.
But, his story did not end there. Because of Ed's premature death to a massive heart attack, his three brothers took proactive steps and each received a coronary artery calcium scan. All three were diagnosed with heart disease with one of the brothers receiving immediate intervention which prevented an impending heart attack. It is an all all too familiar story of someone who seemed otherwise healthy and fit unaware they have a potentially deadly disease. That is why we make early detection a top priority in our work.
When we were contacted by Ed's brother Dean Holler about The Heart2Heart Foundation creating a special program in his memory, we were honored that we could remember our friend in this way. When we decided to create a new program to serve our First Responders, we were incredibly grateful for the opportunity because we understand that about half of the deaths among these brave men and women are from heart disease. In addition to our signature programs, we are now launching efforts to help "save the saviors."
In February, we will be launching the Ed Holler Memorial Campaign. Contributions to this fund will underwrite this program for York County. At the end of this one-year pilot program, our goal is to have a replicatable Evidence Based Intervention that can be implemented in any community to help improve the heart health of not only our first responders but their families.
We are excited to have a collaborative partnership with Carolina Cardiology Associates and our team of dedicated health care professionals and advisors to help our program participants succeed! If we can prevent one heart attack, keep one more loved one from dying prematurely from this disease and help our first responders live healthier lives ...it will be a tremendous way to honor Ed's life.