SEFCU Supports Heart Health and Cancer Prevention

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Heart disease and cancer are the two leading causes of death for both men and women in the United States. To reduce the risk of dying from heart disease, the American Heart Association advocates for people on how to protect their heart health by adopting a healthy diet and getting regular exercise.

SEFCU Helps to Reduce Heart and Stroke Risks

SEFCU proudly stands strong as a supporter of the American Heart Association’s efforts to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. We help raise funds through heart disc donation drives in our branches and walk in the Annual Heart Walk. SEFCU has also held in-person and virtual CPR trainings for staff in February during Heart Month.

SEFCU is also a major funder and invested $50,000 this year to help reduce hypertension in underserved communities, specifically Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC). 100% of the funds support the “Check It! Challenge,” raising awareness of heart and stroke disease, access to early screenings that can be lifesaving, and treatment. This hypertension community impact program encourages individuals, community organizations, and employers to focus on improving blood pressure and reducing the risks of heart disease in our community.  

SEFCU’s Fight Against Cancer

While the death rate from all cancers in the U.S. has dropped by 26% since 1991, cancer continues to be the #2 leading cause of death in our country. SEFCU made a financial investment in 2022 to American Cancer Society of $50,000 to fund cancer research projects at Albany Medical Center, and supports local patients through the Road to Recovery program and Hope Club. 

This combined donation of $50,000 to the American Heart Assocation and $50,000 to the American Cancer Society is just the beginning of what SEFCU will give in 2022 to these two organizations. SEFCU has committed to providing a total of at least $200,000 through investments and fundraising.

Learn more about other organizations SEFCU has assisted.