Guilford Heart and Stroke Walk Raises $350,000
Approximately 4,500 Greater Guilford County residents hit the UNCG campus on Saturday, May 20 for the 2017 Greater Guilford Heart and Stroke
Walk, raising more than $350,000 for heart disease and stroke research and prevention education. Funds are still being raised and donations are being accepted through June 30.
Proud pet parents walked over 20 dressed up doggies across the stage for the Heart & Stroke Walk’s Pooches on Parade. All the doggie contestants had their photos taken and all photos are now posted on the TriadAHA Facebook page. The pup picture with the most “likes” will be named the Guilford Heart & Stroke Walk Pooch of the Year and will be featured in next year’s ads and program.
At the event emceed by Lora Songster of 99.5 WMAG and Briana Conner of WXII 12, local heart disease and stroke survivors received and wore their signature red caps and walkers honored those lost to heart disease or stroke in the mile and a half Tribute Walk Route. Dr. Dalton McLean, a cardiologist with Cone Health Medical Group, chaired the event. Cone Health Systems was the top fundraising company raising $45,130 for heart disease and stroke research and prevention education with 353 participants. Ecolab was the 2nd top fundraising company raising $23,305 with 47 participants. Bobby Overby was recognized as the top fundraising individual, raising just over $11,000 to help in the fight against heart disease and stroke.
Top Walkers raising over $1,000 were recognized from the stage. Cory Phillips, one of the Guilford Heart & Stroke Walk directors, was recognized with a Lifestyle Change Award for decreasing his blood pressure, eliminating his pre-diabetes diagnosis, and losing over 60 pounds with regular exercise with F3 Nation in Greensboro. Jeremy Deaver, system-wide director of neurology operations for Cone Health, also shared his son Braeden’s congenital heart disease story from the stage.
Heart disease is the number one killer in the U.S. and stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the nation and a leading cause of permanent disability. We lose one out of every three Americans to cardiovascular disease.
Heart healthy lifestyle changes, such as walking, can help to prevent heart disease. For more information on the Greater Guilford Heart and Stroke Walk or to make a donation, visit www.guilfordheartwalk.org.
*Photos Attached: Courtesy of Sam McClenaghan
- Photo file name: The Deaver Family – Jeremy Deaver shares his son Braeden’s congenital heart disease story
- Photo file name: Cory Phillips with F3 – Cory (middle) receiving his lifestyle change award with his F3 Nation Greensboro group
- Photo file name: Top Walker Photo
- Photo file name: Walk Crowd 2
- Photo file name: Kid’s Zone with D-Up
- Photo file name: Hot-Dog pet parade photo
- Photo file name: Life is worth walking sign
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.