Fox Valley Heart Fund Honors Graphic Designer
The Fox Valley Heart Fund helps vulnerable, under-served patients achieve better heart health through several programs funded entirely through philanthropy. Each year, the Fund recognizes one individual who has contributed to this mission in a significant way. This annual community service award is presented at Rush Copley’s Heart Symposium, held this year on February 27, 2019.
This year’s recipient is Jim Cairo, of Cairo Design in Lake Zurich, Illinois. Since the Fox Valley Heart Fund’s inception in 2003 as the Women's Heart Foundation of Greater Chicago, Jim has donated his creative talents to generate excitement and support for the Fund’s mission and focus on awareness, education, screening and fundraising. He has developed logos, brochures, and websites, as well as t-shirts and posters for the annual Rock the Heart benefit. Now in its 10th year, Rock the Heart has grown from $15,000 to over $55,000 in annual dollars raised.
We were pleased to acknowledge Jim for his generosity in sharing his time and talent to contribute to the success and visibility of the Fox Valley Heart Fund's efforts within our community.
The Fox Valley Heart Fund supports Rush Copley’s Outpatient Diabetes Education Program, which teaches more than 140 low-income patients each year how to monitor and manage their blood sugar levels. It also supports group education sessions on diet and exercise in collaboration with VNA Health Care that has proven very successful in helping patients at risk of heart disease reduce their weight and blood pressure.
The Fund has donated more than 20 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to local churches, schools or community organizations, and provided training in their use. It also awards local nursing scholarships and supports Rush Copley’s annual Heart Survivor Walk at Blackberry Farms. Finally, it supports the Heart Sisters Support Group, an empowered group of women heart disease survivors that provides a relaxed, confidential outlet for women to share thoughts and feelings with other women coping with heart related issues.
See how you can support people in our community suffering from heart disease.