Pledges to Raise Money for Heart Disease Research and Education

New York, NY – November 24, 2015 The Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. This year 100% of the donations to CRF made on Giving Tuesday will go directly to the CRF Fellows Fund, which was established to mentor the next generation of cardiovascular researchers and provide financial support for the rapid advancement of breakthrough treatments needed in the fight against heart disease, the #1 killer of men and women worldwide.

Occurring this year on December 1, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.  

CRF is committed to mentoring the next generation of researchers and clinicians through its interventional cardiology fellows program. Every year young physicians from all over the world receive comprehensive research training at CRF and expert clinical training at Columbia University Medical Center, where CRF is affiliated.

“For more than 25 years, CRF has played a pivotal role in advancing the understanding and treatment of cardiovascular disease,” said Jack Lewin, MD, CRF’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “The CRF Fellows Fund strengthens our commitment to seek out live-saving advancements for heart disease and mentor the next generation of top researchers.”

As part of its #Giving Tuesday campaign, CRF has created several videos about how its fellows are fighting heart disease by accelerating breakthrough treatments and therapies. To learn more about CRF’s #GivingTuesday initiative, visit

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