Dedicated Supporter Gives Her All: Mary Anne Fay

04/07/17

 It’s common for organizations such as the UA Sarver Heart Center to encourage people to provide support in any way they are able – whether through time, talent or treasure. It’s uncommon to find supporters who wholeheartedly give all three. Mary Anne Fay is a supporter who has given her all to the Sarver Heart Center for more than a decade. Mary Anne and her husband, Mark, joined the Sarver Heart Center Advisory Board in 1999. The Sarver Heart Center identified cardiovascular disease in women as a top priority in 2004, and Dr. Gordon A. Ewy, then-director of the center, asked Mary Anne to establish and chair the Women’s Heart Health Education (WHHE) Committee. Under her leadership, the WHHE Committee helped Sarver Heart Center build relationships with donors who established an endowed chair specifically to study gender and cardiovascular disease. Committee members also provided seed grants to research teams investigating heart disease in women from diverse ethnic backgrounds and worked to educate thousands of women about their own cardiovascular risk factors. “We have done so much during the past 12 years, but there is still a great need for resources to continue to make progress,” said Mary Anne, who stepped down as chair of the women’s committee earlier this year. “My husband Mark and I committed a gift to help fund much-needed research that will deepen our understanding of this disease and how best to prevent the effects on women,” said Mary Anne. When Mark passed away in 2013 due to complications from a stroke, a combination of bequests and annuities was in place to create a meaningful legacy in his memory. Mary Anne, a dedicated business executive before her retirement, continues to serve as a member of Sarver Heart Center’s board, executive committee and women’s committee. “Thoughtful planning from people such as the Fays is so important to research at the Sarver Heart Center,” said Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, PhD, director of the center and chief of cardiology. “We are grateful to Mary Anne, not only for her thoughtful planned gifts, but also for the leadership skills she has devoted to help advance our mission during her many years of service and to the focus on women’s

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