SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA (KPLC) - A new non-profit foundation has been established in Southwest Louisiana to provide resources and assistance to local heart patients while they undergo treatment for heart disease.
The Local Heart Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, was formed by Tim and Tammy Andreas and is governed by an entirely local board of directors. All funds raised by the organization will assist local heart patients with their needs, as determined in coordination with local cardiologists.
Tim Andreas has first-hand experience with the effects of heart disease—in his case, a near-death heart attack episode at the age of 36.
"Heart disease can put a great strain on a family, emotionally and financially," he said. "While national heart organizations do tremendous good," he said, "we see that there's also a huge need to help local families deal with the overwhelming and unplanned financial and emotional burdens they face while being treated for heart disease."
"We want local families in Southwest Louisiana to know that there's an organization here to help them in desperate times when heart disease strikes," said Tammy Andreas. "Our mission statement is 'our hearts helping our community's hearts,' and this organization is a way we can help our friends and neighbors right here in Southwest Louisiana when they need it most."
Perry Vincent serves as the Local Heart Foundation board chair. Board members are Nikki Fontenot; Corey Foster, MD; Janie Fruge; Jaqueline Gaspard; Rubee Gugol-Galang, MD; Debra Lastrapes; Chris Lognion; Laura Novak; Ronnie Petree; Ron Richard; Randy Robb; Jennifer Toups; Danny Williams, CPA; and John Winterton, MD.
The Local Heart Foundation is planning to hold its first fundraiser, "One Hot Havana Night," March 9. "This will be a 'don't-miss' event," Vincent said. "The food, the entertainment, the lively Cuban ambiance will make your heart beat faster—and all the proceeds will remain in our area to help local heart patients."