Noah Moore and Tony Holland will be joining 1,200 riders from across the country for the 38th annual American Heart Association Beach Ride, which takes place on the beautiful beaches of Myrtle Beach, S.C. from November 6-11, 2019. Tony has been a longtime fundraiser for Team Noah where they ride to raise awareness about congenital heart defects, which affects one out of every 100 children born in the United States. At only 7 days old, Noah had a lifesaving heart surgery. He is now 6 years old and is working year-round with his family to raise funds for the AHA.
Founded in 1981, the American Heart Association Beach Ride is a unique and fun event that helps raise lifesaving funds to combat two of our country’s deadliest diseases. Heart disease and stroke are the number one and number five killers in America, claiming the lives of more than 800,000 people each year. In fact, one out of every three adults in the United States have some form of cardiovascular disease yet 80% is preventable due to lifestyle changes.
“In its 38 years, the Beach Ride has raised $5 million for cardiovascular research helping AHA discover better treatment for heart disease and stroke,” said Sara Nelson, Director of Development at the American Heart Association. “The progress we’ve made in the fight against heart disease would not be possible without the Beach Ride and the support of the equine community. We’re thankful to the community for graciously hosting this unique event year after year.”
Research funded by the AHA Beach Ride has many important scientific advances including drug-coated stents, CPR guidelines and microsurgery. Through events like the Beach Ride the American Heart Association is currently funding $6 million in research throughout South Carolina health intuitions. The goal for the 2019 American Heart Association Beach Ride is to raise $375,000 for heart and stroke research.
The AHA Beach Ride encourages participants to celebrate, take charge of their health and honor survivors and loved ones who lost their battle. The event is the only event of its kind on the East Coast. Held at Lakewood Camping Resort for five days each fall, the event includes educational seminars, the option to camp beachside, delicious food, auction items, fun entertainment like karaoke, and vendor row. The AHA’s vendor row gives your company a chance to get front-in-center and showcase your products to thousands of equine lovers. The AHA currently has a few spots available. For more information, please email Sara.Nelson@heart.org.
The culmination of the days of fun will be Saturday’s beach ride, a 20-mile horseback ride along beautiful Myrtle Beach. This is a real treat, as it’s the only time of year horses are allowed on the beach within city. The AHA Beach Ride is a sold-out event, but you can still donate to our mission! Visit www.AHABeachride.org for more information.