A Message from Our 2010 Heart Ball Chairs
We are extremely honored to be chairing the American Heart Association’s 2010 Howard County Heart Ball. We support this great cause because it is vital that we change the statistics.
With heart diseases and stroke the number one and number three killers of both men and women in Maryland, it is no exaggeration to say that cardiovascular diseases will touch virtually every Howard County family at some point. The American Heart Association plays a vital role in the treatment and rehabilitation of stroke and heart disease patients from Columbia, Maryland and beyond.
As a 4-year stroke survivor and a Howard County resident, I know first- hand the devastating effects and ongoing efforts required to lead a normal life after a stroke. Marilyn can attest to the daily care and rehabilitation that spouses and care givers go through, while helping their loved ones recover.
As the owner of Apple Ford Lincoln Mercury in Columbia, I am also concerned with “heart health” among our150+ employees, and encourage them to take care of themselves and their families. I have lost several close friends over the years that died from heart attacks – several were in my employ at the time.
The American Heart Association, in addition to its focus on heart-related issues, is also committed to implementing a higher standard of care for stroke patients. The AHA is working with area patient care providers such as Howard County General Hospital, a Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, to deliver the latest therapies and provide community education at the bedside and beyond. Marilyn and my interest in community health does not end with our concern simply for our employees. I am also an active Board Member at Howard County General Hospital as well as the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Board of Visitors. I have served on both of these Boards for many years prior to my stroke, and with my recovery, have renewed my personal commitments to these hospitals.
Marilyn and I are the 2010 Co-Chairs of the Howard County Heart Ball, and hope that our fundraising initiatives, along with all of their community partners and sponsors, will help to serve the cardiovascular and stroke needs of Howard County residents and the surrounding communities now, and in the future.
Best personal regards,
Marilyn & George Doetsch