LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (CHHS) - February is American Heart Month, and love is in the air! So too is another opportunity to heighten the awareness of Heart Disease, Cancer, and heal the hearts of victims, survivors, and families affected by violent crime, chronic illness, and other tragic loss. The month that we observe valentines, the Center will celebrate the heart by connecting you to culinary delights and soulful sounds sure to please and to help us continue to heal the hearts of many.
The Center for Healing Hearts & Spirits will host its 12th Annual Celebration of An Evening to Heal a Heart Black Tie Gala Honoring the Past, Present, and Future on Thursday, February 13, 2014 6:30 p.m. 'til 9:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Presidential - Little Rock.
More than 1 out of 4 deaths in Arkansas are due to heart disease. 7,431 Arkansans died from heart disease in 2006 (26.6% of total deaths in Arkansas). (National Vital Statistics Report, 2009.)
Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States. Each year, over 400,000 people nationwide die from tobacco-related illnesses. In Arkansas, tobacco use claims more than 4,900 lives annually.
The Center for Healing Hearts and Spirits encourages Arkansans who currently smoke to kick the habit as smoking can lead to lung cancer, the number one cancer killer for men and women in the United States.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking accounts for 80-90 percent of all cases of lung cancer. The second highest risk factor for lung is secondhand smoke.
"Each year, there are around 200,000 people in the United States diagnosed with lung cancer, and more than 150,000 people die from it," Joyce Raynor, Executive Director for the Center for Healing Hearts and Spirits said.
"One out of every six cancer deaths is from lung cancer, but there are ways to prevent lung cancer. The number one preventative method is not smoking," said Raynor.
The first "Evening to Heal A Heart " was over a decade ago, when the day. All proceed will benefit survivors of violence and chronic illness. Tickets: $75 Attire: Black Tie
For reservations and information call (501) 372-3800.
For more information about American Heart Month and An Evening to Heal A Heart Black Tie Gala the Great American Smokeout, contact Joyce Raynor at 501-372-3800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.