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February 3, 2017 is National Wear Red Day.
Let's unite to fight heart disease and stroke.
Wear red and give to support research and education.
Fundraising Goal: $800,000

Worcester, MA



I invite you to join us in our mission to stop heart disease before it’s even started by staying physically active, making healthy food choices, working with your health care professionals, and knowing your numbers—blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, body mass index (BMI). 

We know that making little changes in our habits can have a huge impact.  Sometimes we need extra support to make the best decisions and that’s why our community is fortunate to have the American Heart Association.  By supporting the AHA’s mission to end cardiovascular disease and stroke, we can change our community and improve the lives of family, friends and neighbors.  The AHA reaches so many people with their critical message of education, empowerment, and prevention and I hope you will join us in these efforts.


John F. Keaney, Jr., MD, is Professor of Medicine, Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine, and Medical Director for the Heart and Vascular Center of Excellence at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and UMass Memorial Medical Center.

A native of Massachusetts, Dr. Keaney graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.  He then received his M.D. degree cum laude from Yale University School of Medicine and returned to Massachusetts to train in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, and Interventional Cardiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.  He started on the faculty at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, moving to Boston University School of Medicine in 1994 where he rose to the rank of Professor of Medicine in 2003 and subsequently became Vice Chairman (Research) of the Department of Medicine.  Dr. Keaney then joined the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2007 as Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine.   

Dr. Keaney’s laboratory has defined how blood vessels resist injury from conditions such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes.  His studies provided critical insight into why only certain patients develop heart attacks and how vascular disease can be treated and reversed. His work has been recognized by election to international honor societies for physician-scientists such as the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of University Cardiologists. He is also the cardiovascular editor for the New England Journal of Medicine, the #1 ranked medical journal in the world.