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U-M Frankel CVC teams recruiting for Heart Walk 2015

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This Saturday, May 9th, is the date for the American Heart Association’s 2015 Washtenaw County Heart Walk/5K Run, and two U-M Frankel CVC teams are working hard to recruit more participants. Their common goal for Heart Walk 2015 is to help fight heart disease by raising money for cardiovascular education and research.

Why they walk

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Joe Bryant with his daughter and dog in last year’s Heart Walk.

U-M Frankel CVC exercise physiologist Joe Bryant is walking this year as team captain of Cardiovascular Medicine at Domino’s Farms. This marks his third year leading the team.

“We’re walking to recognize our cardiac patients who have made lifestyle changes in an effort to reduce their risk of future cardiac events,” says Bryant. “We encourage patients to attend the Heart Walk so they can see that there are many heart patients who are not just surviving, but thriving following a heart event or procedure.”

The team’s goal, Bryant says, is to recruit 20 walkers and to raise $2,000.

Another dedicated team captain is Jim Bloom, technical supervisor in the Frankel CVC Cardiac Procedures Unit (CPU). Bloom has been participating in the Heart Walk for the past 18 years, and this year is no exception as he leads his team, the CVC CPU Cardiocrew.

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Jim Bloom walked with his family in the 2014 Heart Walk. Jim wears a red hat in honor of his dad.

On a personal note, Bloom is walking in honor of his 86-year-old father, who has a pacemaker and also recently underwent aortic valve replacement for an aortic valve stenosis condition. Bloom is recruiting walkers and runners, including his four kids and wife, who often accompany him, depending on their schedules.

The CVC CPU Cardiocrew is hoping to raise $3,500 to $4,000 this year.

Making progress

The University of Michigan Health System is making great strides in the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease through top-notch clinical and research capabilities. The American Heart Association supports these efforts and funds many cardiovascular research studies within U-M. In return, U-M is a major supporter of the AHA’s 2015 Washtenaw County Heart Walk/5K Run and is committed to raising money for cardiovascular education and research.

Take the next step:

  • To join the U-M Team, visit washtenawheartwalk.org.
  • For questions or help registering, contact Tara Tomcsik (tara.tomcsik@heart.org, 734-945-5895) or Traci Fischer (fischert@med.umich.edu, 734-232-1866).

UMHEALTHFor more than 160 years, the University of Michigan Health System has been a national leader in advanced patient care, innovative research to improve human health and comprehensive education of physicians and medical scientists. The three U-M hospitals have been recognized numerous times for excellence in patient care, including a #1 ranking in Michigan and national rankings in many specialty areas by U.S. News & World Report.