Devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease, the American Heart Association (AHA) was founded in 1924. It is the nation’s oldest organization run by volunteers, of which the AHA currently has more than 22.5 million. The agency funds research, fights for public health policies, and provides lifesaving knowledge and tools to those in need. One volunteer who assists with the AHA’s mission is Wesley “Wes” Hutchings, vice president of purchasing at S&H Fabricating & Engineering and Hutchings Automotive Products. A dedicated family man, Wesley Hutchings actively supports numerous charities, including the AHA and the Alzheimer’s Association.
Every year the AHA works in conjunction with schools to promote heart health through its Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart programs. Begun almost 35 years ago, these programs help fund additional research into children’s heart disease while simultaneously getting children to participate in jump rope or free throw shooting events held at schools. The students involved in these programs learn how to best take care of their hearts and honor those in the community who have endured heart disease or stroke. Since their inception, these two events have raised more than $885 million for educational and research programs.