Heart Walk Team Nears Its $50K Goal
Under sunny skies Saturday, the biggest Beth Israel Deaconess team in recent years took a hike on the Esplanade to help the American Heart Association raise funds to fight heart disease and stroke.
"We were thrilled to see many new faces on our team this year, as well as a solid core of our committed Heart Walk veterans," said Marsha Maurer, RN, Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, who as interim director of the CardioVascular Institute spearheaded the 2010 BIDMC-wide organizational effort. "We deeply appreciate the effort our captains and walkers made for this important cause."
By Saturday, the BIDMC team had enrolled 188 members, and raised more than $40,338. The total will continue to climb as the AHA logs checks and cash that were handed in at the Heart Walk or mailed. This year's fundraising goal is $50,000. In contrast, last year, the BIDMC team had 160 members and raised $35,049.
Honorary team chairman Jim Lonborg, pitching ace of the Red Sox' celebrated Impossible Dream team of 1967, greeted walkers and signed autographs in the BIDMC booth. The lawn in front of the Hatch Shell, where BIDMC and other event sponsors operate hospitality tents, was alive with activity as walkers strolled from booth to booth, mingled and listened to speakers on the stage. Children circulated through a giant, blow-up heart aimed at educating them about cardiovascular health.
Donations will be accepted until Oct. 15. Click here to learn more, or make a donation to support one of the many BIDMC Heart Walk teams.