Heart & Vascular Disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, so it’s important to fight it aggressively.

With support of members of the community, Carolinas HealthCare and Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute are doing just that. From outreach and prevention to cardiac rehabilitation to supporting heart transplants, donors make a critical difference in people’s lives:

  • Prevention and outreach. Donors support “Heart of a Champion Day,” when student-athletes in the Charlotte area can receive free electrocardiogram heart screenings.
  •  Treatment. Philanthropy supports the work of the Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute, which has more than 50 years of experience in heart care for adults and children. Donations provide equipment and services, as well as education and patient outreach to advance Carolinas HealthCare’s heart transplant program.
  • Rehabilitation. Donations help return patients to a healthy lifestyle, including consultations with dietitians, exercise physiologists, nurses and medical directors. Each year, community members support Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute by participating in the Cupid’s Cup 5K Run & Fitness Walk.
  • Pediatric Initiatives There are also opportunities to support cardiac care and the Congenital Heart Program at Levine Children’s Hospital. Fundraising efforts are underway, led by members of the “Partnership for Pediatric Hearts”, such as The HEARTest Yard Initiative.

You can help make life better for people with heart or vascular disease, or spread awareness, or contribute to vital research. Here’s how:

Direct donation

Many people choose to donate directly to help fight heart and vascular disease, and they can choose different funds based on their interests.


Every year, thousands of people in our community raise funds to support charitable causes at Carolinas HealthCare System by organizing, sponsoring, or participating in events throughout the calendar year. One of the primary fundraising events held annually to benefit Carolinas HealthCare System’s Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute is the Cupid’s Cup 5K Run & Fitness Walk, held every February around Valentines Day.