Harrity 4 Charity represents a partnering of our law firm with charities that are near and dear to our hearts.
The Harrity Partners pledge to give 5% of our profits to our partner charities.
The Harrity Employees pledge to donate a portion of their paychecks to our partner charities.
HARRITY 4 CHARITY ORIGIN STORY
“On May 2nd, 2016, I played in my regular Monday night basketball game. In a five minute time span that night, I went from feeling fantastic, which I do almost every minute of every day, to feeling a kind of discomfort that I had never experienced before in my life. As I was exiting the gym to get some cold air, the discomfort intensified. I asked my friends to call 9-1-1 and then I passed out. I woke up 3 weeks later in a bed at Fairfax Hospital. That night on the basketball court, I experienced the worst type of heart attack you can have. It’s called the widowmaker. Hours later, when I’m at the hospital, my situation got gravely worse. I experienced bleeding into my lungs, which sent me into respiratory distress, and eventually led to multiple organ failure. During that first day in the hospital, my wife was told more than a half of a dozen times that the chances of me surviving were very slim. During those first few weeks in the hospital, while I lay unconscious, my body fought off numerous blood clots and infections. My cardiologist said the odds of me making it through those first few weeks were a million to one. But, what the doctors didn’t realize, what they didn’t know about me, is that I had been training for this event my whole life. For most of my life, I have exercised 7 days a week and followed a very strict diet. And, it was my obsessiveness about exercise and my diet that helped me survive. Well, I eventually woke up 3 weeks after my heart attack, unable to speak and unable to move. From the second I woke up and understood what had happened, I was laser focused on two things: getting back to 100% and ensuring that I don’t waste my heart attack. You see, I feel that if I just went back to my old way of life, then this traumatic experience would have been for nothing. And, as anyone who knows me would know, I have no intention of wasting my heart attack. So, during the following 5 weeks, as I lay in intensive care regaining my ability to speak and move, my twin brother and I had many conversations. We knew we needed to do more, we needed to be purpose driven. And, it was in that bed at Fairfax Hospital, that the foundations for our Harrity 4 Charity was born.”
-JOHN HARRITY, MANAGING PARTNER
We chose to donate a portion of our profits to the American Heart Association because of the impact that heart disease has on families across the globe. The American Heart Association in the oldest and largest organization dedicated to fighting heart disease in the United States. Since 1924, the American Heart Association has worked to educate policy makers, health care professionals, and the public to one day put an end to heart disease.
In support of the American Heart Association, Managing Partner John Harrity founded the Keep the Beat Challenge to raise donations and awareness of this global killer. To learn more about this challenge, visit the official Facebook Page.
To make a donation or register for the 2020 Lawyers Have Heart 5k, please click HERE.
We chose to donate a portion of our profits to INOVA Children’s Hospital because we want to help families, who have a sick child, be able to focus their attention on their sick child and not their financial situation. INOVA Children’s Hospital is a premier hospital for pediatric patients. Their state of the art facility treats infants, children, and adolescents in a variety of areas. Harrity & Harrity’s donation will benefit the families of INOVA Children’s Hospital’s patients, and will provide them with financial support for child care, medical bills, prescriptions, household bills, travel costs, etc.
To make a donation to INOVA Children’s Hospital, please click HERE.
In the United States, one in eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer is the leading national nonprofit with the mission to end prostate cancer. ZERO advances research, improves the lives of men and families, and inspires action. In the last 20 years, they have helped fund three new treatments and test 130,000 men for this disease. Although frequent screenings and early detection have helped decrease the mortality rate, Zero want to eradicate the disease entirely, and see the first generation of men with out prostate cancer.
To make a donation to Zero: The End of Prostate Cancer, please click HERE.
UNICEF works in 190 countries to protect and advocate for child welfare. Volunteers frequently travel to countries affected by natural disasters and poverty to build wells, schools, and shelters, and provide medical care. Donating will not only help fund these programs, but will help a child have a better tomorrow.
To make a donation to UNICEF USA, please click HERE.