"The Larry King Cardiac Foundation was established in 1988 by Larry King and his family. Today, Larry King continues to promote the foundation and support it through direct support and proceeds from his books and public speaking engagements. Shawn King is the Foundation’s Chair. The organization is also supported by a dedicated staff, a board of corporate and medical leaders, and generous donors large and small. Every one has something to contribute, even if it’s just looking after your own heart health. LARRY KING Founder, Larry King Cardiac Foundation In 1987, Larry King awoke in the Intensive Care Unit of a New York hospital after undergoing successful quintuple bypass heart surgery. For almost a year, his heart had been failing as a result of cardiovascular disease. Larry was lucky. His hospital bills were covered by insurance. Others are not so lucky. While Larry was recovering from his operation, he made a promise to himself to help others who may not be as lucky. Larry King is just one of the more than 60 million people in the United States who suffers from heart disease. In his book, Taking on Heart Disease, Larry solicits the help of his celebrity friends, including actors, athletes, comedians, authors, singers and political figures to recount their personal triumphs over heart disease in an effort to educate the ever-growing number of heart disease victims. Since battling heart disease, these beloved recognized figures offer help and hope to heart disease patients. Also contributing to the book are some of the best cardiologists in the world who discuss prevention and treatment. Providing funding for life-saving treatment for individuals who, due to limited means or no insurance, would otherwise be unable to receive the treatment and care."