Gail D. Hasbrouck
“LIFE IS WHY” is the phrase that the American Heart Association uses to explain the reason for its vital work to improve cardiovascular health in our communities. That phrase explains why I volunteer with the AHA. They are improving our lives through initiatives such as getting defibrillators placed in airports; supporting legislation that significantly reduced cigarette smoking in public areas; working with the city to have 12-lead EKGs installed in ambulances; and, most recently, mandatory CPR training in high schools.
My work with the AHA began in 2010 when I was asked to chair the Metro Chicago Heart Walk. I reached out to other general counsels and law firm partners, expanding the number of companies involved with the Heart Walk. I have been a member of the Metro Chicago Board of Directors since 2010 and, from 2015 through 2017, board chair. As chair of the board I wanted to contribute to AHA’s mission in a new way. Last year, we created “Counsel for a Cause”—a fundraising event for the legal community featuring an evening with a celebrity chef at popular restaurants. The inaugural event was at Perennial Virant and this year at Balena.
I am most proud that my connection to the legal community has helped to better inform lawyers about heart disease and given them an opportunity to support the work of the AHA.