The American Heart Association “Founders Day” on June 10th celebrates 99 years of work dedicated to heart disease and stroke

Christopher Lawson, MD

Dr. Christopher Lawson of Portsmouth Regional Hospital to lead 2024 NH Heart of the Seacoast Social as the Association celebrates its 100th anniversary.

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, Maine is celebrating the organization’s 99 years of work as it 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.

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.

One signature event of the American Heart Association in New Hampshire has named its event chair that will drive the Association into the next century. Dr. Christopher Lawson, cardiologist with Portsmouth Regional Hospital, has stepped up to lead the New Hampshire Heart of the Seacoast Social, which will take place on April 13, 2024 in Portsmouth.

“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 Rosemary Hendrickx, the Association’s Development Director in New Hampshire. “We know that we can’t achieve our monumental goals alone and are grateful to the New Hampshire 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 that drive healthier lifestyles.

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 or contact Rosemary Hendrickx at for more information.