Guilford Heart & Stroke Walk Raises $325,000 for heart disease and stroke research
Greensboro, N.C. – More than 3,000 Greater Guilford County residents hit the UNC Greensboro campus Sat., May 19 for the 2018 Greater Guilford Heart & Stroke Walk, raising more than $325,000 for heart disease and stroke research and prevention education. Funds are still being raised and donations are being accepted through June 30.
Top Individual and Company Fundraisers Announced
TOP/MAIN PHOTO: UNCG Team at Guilford Heart & Stroke Walk (Photo Credit: Martin Kane)
Chaired by UNC Greensboro Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr., the Greater Guilford Heart and Stroke Walk raises vital funds for heart disease and stroke research and prevention education. Sponsored by Cone Health and UNC Greensboro, the event included a survivor ceremony, sponsor tents with giveaways, great activities for kids courtesy of VF Corp, a VIP section for Veterans provided by Brady Services and hands-only CPR training by Cone Health.
Proud pet parents walked more than 20 doggies in the Heart & Stroke Walk’s Pooches on Parade. All the doggie contestant photos have been 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.
Cone Health Systems was the top fundraising company raising $52,000 for heart disease and stroke research and prevention education with 487 participants. Ecolab was the 2nd top fundraising company raising $30,000. Scott McLain and Megan Mather were recognized as the top two individual fundraisers raising $7,000 EACH to help in the fight against heart disease and stroke.
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. In Guilford County, diseases of the heart are the 2nd leading causes of death and stroke is the 3rd. We lose one out of every three Americans to cardiovascular disease.
All funds raised for the Greater Guilford Heart & Stroke Walk benefit heart disease and stroke research and prevention education for the community. Currently, five AHA-funded research grants, totaling more than $1.2 million, are taking place in the Triad at UNC Greensboro, Wake Forest University, and Wake Forest University Health Sciences.
For more information on the Greater Guilford Heart and Stroke Walk or to make a donation, visit www.guilfordheartwalk.org.
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.