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Princess donates $832,00 to American Heart Association

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Princess president Jan Swartz (center) and chief medical officer Grant Tarling (center right) present a check to (from left) American Heart Association's Nickki Peavey, Kathy Rogers and Silke Rible
Princess Cruises presented a check for $832,000 to the American Heart Association, the result of the line’s fundraising cruise in February to support heart health. The educational themed sailing was part of the company’s 'Cruising for a Cause' program.

The funds were raised from a portion of each passenger's cruise fare and a 100% matching amount from Princess.

'Because we care about the health and well-being of our employees and guests, supporting the American Heart Association was a great partnership,' said Princess president Jan Swartz.

The cruise aboard Ruby Princess included a variety of activities and educational opportunities focused on heart-healthy living, including training in the American Heart Association’s Hands-Only CPR; seminars on how to better manage stress, diet and exercise; a survivor’s reception for those who had overcome heart disease; free blood pressure screenings; and a fundraising walk on deck, patterned after AHA’s HeartWalks.

AHA chair elect Al Royse expressed appreciation to Princess for helping raise awareness about heart disease and stroke. 'Thanks to their generous donation, we can help even more people improve their heart and brain health,' he said.