American Heart Association’s 2019 Guilford Heart and Stroke Walk raises nearly $400,000 for heart disease and stroke research and education
Greensboro, May 30, 2019 – Nearly 4,000 Greater Guilford County residents hit the UNCG campus on Saturday, May 18 for the 2019 Greater Guilford Heart and Stroke Walk, raising nearly $400,000. Included in this total, is $231,000 which was raised by individual walkers – making this a best year ever for walker dollars contributed.
ABOVE PHOTO- Cone Health Top Walkers – top fundraisers from the Cone Health No. 1 fundraising team (photo by Garet Beane)
All funds raised for the American Heart Association’s Greater Guilford Heart and Stroke Walk benefit heart disease and stroke research and prevention education. The American Heart Association is currently funding four research grants for a total of $1.3 million dollars in the Triad. These research grants are taking place at North Carolina A&T, UNC Greensboro and at Wake Forest University Health Sciences. Blood pressure management programs, healthy cooking initiatives and many more mission focused prevention education programs are taking place year-round throughout the Triad. Funds for the Guilford Heart and Stroke Walk are still being raised and donations are being accepted through June 30 to help advance the health of our communities.
For the 2019 Guilford Heart and Stroke Walk, Cone Health was the top fundraising company raising $49,842 for heart disease and stroke research and prevention education with 418 participants. Ecolab was the 2nd top fundraising company raising $31,042 and Bank of America-Merrill was the 3rd top fundraising company raising $26,540. Ann Glover from Bank of America, Merrill Lynch was recognized as the top fundraising individual, raising $10,441 to help in the fight against heart disease and stroke.
At the walk, over 48 doggies walked in this year’s Heart & Stroke Walk’s Pooches on Parade. All the doggie contestants, some dressed to win, had their photos taken and all photos were posted on the TriadAHA Facebook page. Bam Bam, with proud pet parent (name), won the official 2019 Guilford Heart & Stroke Walk Pooch of the Year title by receiving the most Facebook likes. (Photo attached) Bam Bam will receive a doggie pampering gift basket and will be featured in next year’s Guilford Heart and Stroke Walk ads.
At the event chaired by Bank of America’s Triad Market President Derek Ellington and emceed by Lora Songster of 99.5 WMAG, local heart disease and stroke survivors were celebrated, those lost to heart disease or stroke were honored, and all attendees learned how they could help to prevent cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and the second leading cause of death in Guilford County. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and the fourth leading cause of death in Guilford County. Both heart disease and stroke are up to 80% preventable. Educating the public on the benefits of heart healthy lifestyle changes can make a huge difference in the culture of health of Greensboro and the surrounding areas.
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.