Cintas First Aid & Safety’s Midwest Sales
Director earned American Heart Association’s top regional honor in
annual corporate fundraising challenge
Cintas Corporation’s Katie Gough-Edwards, a longtime advocate
for heart health and the American Heart Association (AHA), won a
seven-week fundraising challenge to become the AHA’s 2022 Leader of
Impact for Greater Cincinnati.
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Cintas Corporation’s Katie Gough-Edwards,
a longtime advocate for heart health and the American Heart
Association (AHA), won a seven-week fundraising challenge to become
the AHA’s 2022 Leader of Impact for Greater Cincinnati. She will be
formally honored at the 2023 Greater Cincinnati Heart Ball on
Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati. (Photo: Business
Gough-Edwards, Cintas First Aid & Safety’s Midwest Director
of Sales, will be honored for her passion and drive to make a
difference at the 2023 Greater Cincinnati Heart Ball, Feb. 4 at the
Hyatt Regency Cincinnati. The celebration follows a national
competition that started Sept. 29 on World Heart Day and inspired
$1.8 million in fundraising for the AHA.
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Gough-Edwards is among six area changemakers who raised a
combined $114,727 in a campaign that ranked fourth in the country
and first in its market size. Gough-Edwards raised nearly $37,000,
or over a third of that total, in support of the AHA’s life-saving
She was surprised to learn she’d won when the Cincinnati leaders
gathered for a November conference call.
“Because it was a blind competition, nobody knew what you were
raising. It wasn’t posted anywhere, which made it more competitive
and fun and really brought it back to raising money for a good
cause,” Gough-Edwards said. “It was awesome to see that all the
efforts of Cintas and our partners were so successful that we took
The AHA’s challenge encouraged local leaders to promote heart
health awareness and combat health inequities in their communities.
This year, 209 local leaders across 150 cities created unique
Mark Carter, Cintas First Aid & Safety President and COO,
nominated Gough-Edwards. As a supporter of the AHA personally and
professionally for 13 years, he regarded her as an ideal
“Katie is a game-changer for the First Aid & Safety
Division, as well as Cintas,” Carter said. “Her personal
connections to heart disease and cardiovascular events, in addition
to her influence and reach in our business, gave her the potential
to be a tremendous force in this year’s Leaders of Impact campaign.
I thought she was a natural choice to represent Cintas this year,
and I’m so proud she represented Cintas and the American Heart
Association so successfully.”
Gough-Edwards credited the longstanding relationship between
Cintas and the AHA for fostering awareness about heart disease,
strokes, cardiac events and cardiovascular health. Not only is
Cintas the AHA’s largest provider of CPR, first aid and Automated
External Defibrillator (AED) training in the United States, but the
company has trained and certified more than 900,000 people in
lifesaving CPR and first aid since 2016.
By participating in or donating to annual campaigns for the
Heart Mini-Marathon & Walk and Go Red for Women, thousands of
Cintas partners have helped raise funds to support the AHA’s
education and awareness programs and fund important research to
improve the outcomes of cardiac events.
Gough-Edwards launched her Leader of Impact fundraising campaign
on social media, where she shared that heart disease and cardiac
events have affected her family members and loved ones – and even
herself. Gough-Edwards had heart-related complications with the
births of her three children.
She was treated for preeclampsia, a high blood pressure disorder
that can lead to life-threatening complications for mother and
baby, with her first birth. Gough-Edwards thought she was in the
clear after her second baby but was diagnosed with postpartum
preeclampsia, a rare and serious condition that can occur up to six
weeks after delivery.
Even she didn’t know much about postpartum preeclampsia at the
“There’s not a ton of education around it out in the community.
We just don’t talk about it enough,” Gough-Edwards said.
Although she did not have to be readmitted to the hospital
following her third birth, she showed symptoms for postpartum
preeclampsia and was properly treated by her physicians.
Gough-Edwards continues to be a proponent of creating healthier
communities through education that features AHA guidelines. The AHA
trains 22 million people in CPR each year, has helped over 19
million patients with high blood pressure and has funded more than
$5 billion in research.
With help from her Cintas team, partners, friends, family and
the community, Gough-Edwards is confident that the collective 2022
Greater Cincinnati Leaders of Impact campaign funds will help the
AHA assist even more people while saving lives.
“We’re investing in the American Heart Association so that they
can continue to provide world-class research and education to our
communities – how to live healthier, how to take care of your heart
and how to make sure you’re getting the training you need,”
About Cintas Corporation
Cintas Corporation helps more than one million businesses of all
types and sizes get Ready™ to open their doors with
confidence every day by providing products and services that help
keep their customers’ facilities and employees clean, safe, and
looking their best. With offerings including uniforms, mats, mops,
towels, restroom supplies, workplace water services, first aid and
safety products, eye-wash stations, safety training, fire
extinguishers, sprinkler systems and alarm service, Cintas helps
customers get Ready for the Workday®. Headquartered in
Cincinnati, Cintas is a publicly held Fortune 500 Company traded
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