What's Going Down at the Event?
Come out and enjoy an afternoon of fun! There will be food, prizes, raffle drawings, and much more! You don't want to miss it!
Yes! There will be a diverse panel of professionals discussing the experience of heart disease among African American people. There will also be time for Q & A!
Come learn about how to dance, make healthy food choices, and kick that habit of smoking! These breakout sessions will expose you to a new way of living! Check it out!
Two-Stepping Dance Off
Now everybody has an auntie or uncle who can get down when it comes to two-stepping! My mother loved her old school music and she would two-step to it all the time. This activity is dedicated to her. So come ready to hit the dance floor! It will be something to remember!
The balloon release is the last activity on the schedule. August 24th is day my mom passed, and we will release balloons to her and others who have passed from a heart-related illness!
On August 24, 2017, my mother, Robin Michelle Jenkins, passed from heart disease at the age of 57. My mom died at a very young age, and unfortunately this is the case for many African Americans living with heart disease. I wanted to help my mom, but once I realized the severity of her sickness, her heart failure had reached its peak. I was too late. After her death, so many questions crossed my mind. Why didn’t I fight for her to stop smoking? Why didn’t I work with her on eating healthier? Why didn’t I make sure someone was present with her at doctor’s appointments? Why did I move to St. Louis to get my masters, instead of coming home after graduating from Howard? There were so many things I wished I had done differently. This is still a daily struggle and it hurts that I cannot go back in time to bring my mom back.
For the one-year anniversary of her death, I decided to host a heart disease event to educate my family and friends on heart disease risks and what can be done individually and collectively to decrease our chances of being diagnosed. The event was a success and from that day on, I knew this work was meant for me. Every year I will host a heart disease event on the day my mom passed to honor her and to help those impacted by heart disease.
Fighting Heart Disease Together
Pictures from the heart disease event last year at the Mary L. Keller Center!
Your feedback is everything! I always want to hear how we can improve to better serve you! Check out some of the comments about what guests liked most from last year's event!
Heart Health in African Americans
This is a video that discusses heart health in African Americans. Dr. Dolsey touches on risk factors, prevention, and much more. Watch the video for more information!