The American Heart Association honored eight local volunteers for their passion and dedication in helping further the American Heart Association’s mission of promoting healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Each honoree was recognized on Thursday, October 23rd at the American Heart Association’s Heart of Our Mission reception at the State Room in Boston.
The recipients of this year’s ‘Heart of Our Mission’ awards were: Rich Adduci, SVP and Chief Information Officer at Boston Scientific; Marcela Garcia, Journalist at The Boston Globe ; Rob Tatro, Elementary Wellness Teacher at Hillside Elementary School; Senator Benjamin Downing, Representative Denise Garlick, Marie McCune, RN, Stroke Coordinator at Mount Auburn Hospital; and Nancy Couts, MA SLP, Director of Rehabilitation Services at Mount Auburn Hospital. The Ray and Gina Driscoll Hearts and Minds award was presented at the event to longtime volunteer and advocate, Diane Pickles.
“Our volunteers are truly the lifeline of our organization and are at the very heart of our mission,” said Penny McGuire, Director of Community Health Strategies at the American Heart Association. “It’s an honor to be able to recognize our amazing volunteers, who continuously go above and beyond in their dedication to our cause.”
The annual Heart of Our Mission reception is an event to commemorate key volunteers who have demonstrated passion and commitment for moving forward the American Heart Association’s mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
Our mission is to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. For nearly 100 years, we’ve been fighting heart disease and stroke, striving to save and improve lives. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer worldwide, and stroke ranks second globally. Even when those conditions don’t result in death, they cause disability and diminish quality of life. We want to see a world free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.