Eliminating Heart Health Disparaties Amongst African-American Women
The mission of the Open My Heart Foundation is to help eliminate heart health disparities among African American Women and Women of color.  Heart Disease is the Number #1 Killer in the United States.  African American Women and Women of Color are disproportionately affected.  We help to eliminate disparities in treatment through education, support and advocacy.  This includes monthly support group meetings, heart healthy food and produce, education by experts in the field of heart health and wellness, including fitness, yoga and professional trainers.  We also provide community resources and hospital visitations.  At the Open My Heart Foundation, we help to fill in a gap for much needed medical treatment, equipment as well as assistance with co-pays.  We believe by giving back and helping those with the highest rate of heart disease, we will help level the field and ultimately help to eliminate disparities in treatment.

National Wear Red Day is the first Friday every year.  This is  a massive public awareness day to warn women, show support and raise awareness of heart disease being the #1 killer of women.   This year's 2nd Annual Red Dress Gala Awards was a widely attended SOLD OUT event held in Annapolis, MD.  We honored survivors of heart attacks, strokes, and those who are giving back to the heart health community.  To see more pictures click on EVENTS.  

If you know of anyone who has had a heart attack, stroke, or who are making contributions to the heart health community please email us at  You may also click on the box below entitled: "Share Your Story".  We would love to hear from you.

2019 iHeart Health Fair - In Review

The Open My Heart Foundation would like to thank the Sisters 4 Sisters Network, Gateway Village, including Makeda Evams, Mayor Maldon, elected officials, speakers, presenters, volunteers, Ms. Judy, Ms. Pasing, James, and all of the seniors and vendors for taking part our third annual Heart Health Fair including:
  • Christille Ngouno (Fruit and Passion)
  • Capital Area Food Bank 
  • Wegmans
  • Maryland Physicians Care
  • Dignity Memorial Park
  • Dr. Joan E. Smith
  • Circle of Rights
  • Paparazzi 
  • Legends Charter School
  • World Financial Group
  • Compassion and Choices
  • Captain Fly
  • James Jefferson 
  • Mayor Maldon
  • Councilmember Akers
  • STAR TRACK Adolescent Health Program
  • Jaffra 
  • Massage Therapist Cory Scoggins
  • Health Advantage
  • DJ Moe
  • Rachel Pope
  • Pacific A Trade
  • Dr. Ruby Lathon
  • Dr. Terri Peters 
  • Candice Camille 
  • Dr. Patrice Nickens 
  • Tamika Law
  • Greg Adams
  • Shaunda Bellamy
  • Delegate Darryl Barnes

FEBRUARY 28, 2019

Join the Open My Heart Foundation, Inc. as we celebrate our five year anniversary on Friday, February 28, 2020!  We will be celebrating and honoring heart attack and stroke survivors, as well as cancer survivors, and those who are giving back to the heart health community.  This will be an evening of elegance and fashion, as we sound the alarm in our red formal attire with both men and women.  New this year added to the event will be a Red Dress Fashion Show!  There will be doctors who will educate us on the importance of our heart health, as well as special guests, and more.  

GENERAL SEATING (Now through November 15th)


$125 VIP Reception 6:00pm
Includes Admission in Preferred Seating Section 
Open Bar 

10 Tickets Reserved Table with Name in Preferred Seating Section
Open Bar

$2500 Honorary Chair (Limited to 10 Tables)
10 Tickets at Reserved Table in Preferred Seating Section
Name or Logo on Signage
Open Bar

$3500 Sponsor (Limited to 10 Tables)
10 Tickets at Reserved Table in Prime Seating Section
Free Ad in Program Book
Name or Logo on Signage
Open Bar
Swag Bag
Recognition During Event




Congratulations to our Raffle Drawing Winner, Dr. Amina Butts in her win of 2 tickets to see Jill Scott at the MGM Grand Casino at National Harbor August 30th.  Dr. Butts participated in our Raffle Drawing July 27th at the Sisters 4 Sisters Network Networking Meeting and participated in the drawing right there on the spot.  Dr. Butts states:  "Thank you Florence and the Open My Heart Foundation!  The concert was AMAZING!"  Because of our Raffle Drawing participants, we were able to raise needed funds to help us continue our programs such as:
  • Monthly Support Groups
  • Education, Workshops and Seminars
  • Health Fairs
  • Survivor Award Grants
On behalf of the Open My Heart Foundation, we would like to thank all of our participants for your continued support!

Florence Champagne

                                                                                                "Survivor that Thrives Award"

                                                   Candice Camille

Candice Camille was an honoree and recipient of the Survivors that Thrives” Award.  Candice has not only survived, but has thrived and is now giving back to the field of health and wellness in a major way!  Candice survived throat cancer, heart attacks, and strokes.  She made major changes in her lifestyle which led her on the path of wellness.  Candice is known as the Wellologist, the “Gangsta Plankster” and the “Sexy Fit and Well Stratigist”.  She is a sought after international motivational speaker and currently manages WillPower Sport and Wellness Gym in Ft. Washington, MD.  During her experience with cancer, God gave her the spirit to fight and to live for her husband and her children.  She learned how the body works with food, movements, sleeping well, water, prayer and meditation.  She not only talks the talk, but she walks the walk each day as she helps others live their best life the “Wellologist” way. 

Am I Having A Heart Attack?

Only 36 percent of African-American women know that heart disease is their greatest health risk. 
(Go Red for Women, 2014)

Do not self-diagnose or make excuses for how you feel

Besides chest pains, below are some other symptoms in women that should serve as warning signs:
  • Neck, jaw, shoulder, back pain or abdominal discomfort
  • Shortness of breath
  • Arm pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Unusual fatigue
Click here for more Signs & Symptoms

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