The American Heart Association is currently accepting nominations for the James H. Gilliam Jr. Memorial Award, which will be presented at the 50th Annual Wilmington Heart Ball Saturday, March 6, 2010, at Longwood Gardens. T


    The American Heart Association is currently accepting nominations for the James H. Gilliam Jr. Memorial Award, which will be presented at the 50th Annual Wilmington Heart Ball Saturday, March 6, 2010, at Longwood Gardens. The award is given annually to an individual who has made outstanding, recognized contributions to the field of cardiovascular care through health care administration, advocacy, research and/or education primarily within the state of Delaware. It also honors the work of the late James H. Gilliam Jr., whose untimely death from a heart attack in August 2003 — when he was in his late 40s — left a void in Delaware and beyond.
    Gilliam served as secretary of Housing and Economic Development in Governor Pierre S. du Pont’s cabinet and was executive vice president and general counsel at Beneficial Corporation.  He also served in various capacities for many organizations and businesses, including the Delaware Community Foundation, Delaware State University, Christiana Care Corporation, The Hodson Trust, the National Geographic Society, Household International, T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
    Previous award winners have been Gov. Ruth Ann Minner, Dr. Gerald Lemole, Arthur and Mary Colburn and JoAnn Desilets.
    Heart disease is the nation’s No. 1 killer.  Each year, more than 150,000 Americans younger than 65 die of a heart attack or some form of cardiovascular disease.  It is estimated that an average of 11.5 years of life is lost due to each fatal heart attack.
     For more information or to submit a nomination, go to www.americanheart.org/gilliamaward or contact Sharon Schuh at (302) 454-0613. 
    Nominations must be submitted by Friday, Oct. 30.