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Founders: Welcome

Dear Neighbors of Southwest Louisiana, 

Heart disease, the silent killer, holds the somber title of being the #1 primary cause of death in our country, casting its shadows across every life and family. In its grasp, we witness the subtle yet profound impact on co-workers, spouses, relatives, and even the innocent of children within our circles. Each story is etched with the unexpected, some weaving through severe health trials, leading to tragic, untimely farewells.


Little did I know that I, too, would be intimately acquainted with this relentless adversary. A few years ago, at the age of 36, on a business trip to New York City, an ordinary jog unfolded into a life-altering saga. Sudden Cardiac Death, fueled by Arterial Fibrillation, gripped my heart. Unbeknownst to me, I ran on, oblivious to the swift approach of my demise. Destiny guided me to collapse in front of a doctor, who swiftly called 911, initiating CPR until paramedics arrived. For over 18 minutes, my heart lay silent, devoid of a beat, pulse, or response. Against all odds and grim predictions from doctors at Bellevue Hospital, I miraculously recovered, having undergone additional heart attacks and procedures since then.


Blessed with an outwardly active life, I've come to realize the widespread misunderstanding that heart issues only affect the elderly. This transformative experience prompted my wife and I to form the "Local Heart Foundation" to illuminate the shadows, one heartbeat at a time. Our foundation breathes life into our mission through initiatives like our Annual Golf Tournament, Champagne Bingo, Designer Bag Bingo, other yearly fundraising events and sponsorships, aiming to reach the hearts of local families in Southwest Louisiana, making a difference in our community, addressing financial, physical, and emotional challenges.


In the creation of the "Local Heart Foundation," we strive to be a light during the darkest times. Our mission, "Our Hearts Helping Our Community's Hearts," is more than words; it's a commitment fueled by Tammy, myself, and our devoted Board of Directors. We extend an earnest invitation for you to join us in the symphony of support, resonating through the hearts of friends and neighbors in Southwest Louisiana. Together, let's foster a community where love and aid stand as unwavering companions, transcending the shadows of heart disease.

Tim and Tammy Andreas 
Co-Founders of the Local Heart Foundation

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Facing congenital heart defects (CHDs), around 1 in 100 newborns in the United States embark on a courageous journey, with approximately 1 in 4 encountering critical challenges. The prospect of life-threatening risks lingers without timely intervention in the first year. When traveling out of state for life-saving heart surgeries, the burden intensifies for CHD families. While insurance often covers hospitalization costs, they contend with additional challenges—out-of-pocket expenses for travel, meals, and hotels. This financial strain amplifies the emotional hurdles they navigate, underscoring the importance of comprehensive support beyond medical care. Every little heart deserves not just medical attention but also understanding and assistance throughout this intricate and heartfelt journey.

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