American Heart Association And The Vascular Institute Of Chattanooga As First "Life Is Why" Sponsor

Tuesday, August 21, 2018
The Chattanooga office of the American Heart Association today announced Vascular Institute of Chattanooga has committed to a multiyear collaboration as the organization’s first Life Is Why sponsor. Life is Why encompasses every aspect of the American Heart and American Stroke Association and this collaboration builds on the organization’s mantra that everyone deserves to live a longer and healthier life. 
As a Life is Why sponsor, VIC will be involved in all of the American Heart Association’s signature events, including the Heart Ball, the Go Red for Women Luncheon and the Tennessee Valley Heart Walk.
In addition, the American Heart Association and VIC will continue to work together to raise awareness about the warning signs of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, as well as prevention education. 
“At the Vascular Institute of Chattanooga, our goals include providing the best patient care in our community.  VIC is proud to continue its vital work with the American Heart Association through this partnership which will help bring more public awareness and find better ways to treat and prevent heart disease and stroke.  We are excited about this new collaboration with the American Heart Association,” said Dr. Christopher J. LeSar, MD, vascular surgeon and founding physician of VIC.  
The American Heart Association and Vascular Institute of Chattanooga have a long-standing relationship. Several VIC staff and physicians have served on the organization’s board and executive teams and led event campaigns, including Tracie LeSar, who is the co-chair of the 2019 Go Red For Women Luncheon. This collaboration will continue to create a culture of health while raising more funds for research, officials said. 
“We are grateful to Vascular Institute of Chattanooga for their support as we work to promote a healthier lifestyle in our community,” said Emily Fuller, executive director of the Chattanooga-American Heart Association. “We believe that people should experience more of life’s precious moments. It’s why we’ve made improving heart and brain health our mission. Partnering with like-minded organizations like VIC is how we are able to fund crucial research and educational programs that benefit the public.”

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