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

Joe Bryant and his daughter

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. Continue reading

U-M Mott Heart Walk team walks in memory of baby Callen

Callen's Crusaders walking in honor of baby who lost his life to hypoplastic left heart syndrome

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Members of the Mott team, who walked together in the 2014 Heart Walk, will join forces again this year, walking in memory of baby Callen.

On May 9, hundreds of U-M employees will lace up their walking shoes at the Eastern Michigan University campus as they join the effort to fight heart disease. They’ll be walking in the American Heart Association’s 2015 Washtenaw County Heart Walk/5K Run to raise money for cardiovascular education and research.

Among these dedicated walkers will be Dianne Sadler, a referral coordinator at Mott Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Medical Specialty Clinics, and her team, “Callen’s Crusaders.” Together, they’ll be walking in memory of Callen, the son of U-M co-worker Tammara Francis. Born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), sadly, Callen died on the day he was born.

Making strides in the fight against heart disease

HLHS is a birth defect that affects normal blood flow through the heart. As the baby develops during pregnancy, the left side of the heart does not form correctly. Hypoplastic left heart syndrome is one type of congenital heart defect.

Heart defects, the most common type of defect babies are born with, affect approximately 1 out of every 110 babies. According to the American Heart Association, heart defects continue to be the greatest source of infant deaths related to birth defects.

HW_LIW_CMYK_red+k_HThe 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, which raises money for cardiovascular education and research.

Why they walk

The decision to walk in memory of Callen was a natural one for Dianne, who has participated in several Heart Walks in the past, including last year when she and her team, Ethan’s Emissaries, walked in support of another co-worker whose unborn child was also diagnosed with HLHS. Ethan, born just 12 days after last year’s walk, is healthy as he nears his first birthday.

Dianne says the Heart Walk is a good way for her and her team to show support for Tammara, to honor the memory of Callen and to raise funds for heart disease research. The team’s fundraising goal this year is $2,000.

This show of support is a blessing to Tammara, who is pregnant and unable to walk with Callen’s Crusaders. But her thoughts will be with the team as they walk in memory of her firstborn child.

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).

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U-M Nurse Inspires 2015 Heart Walk Team

Hearts on the Run team leader walks in honor of her dad


Michele Derheim, RN, hopes to inspire others to participate in the 2015 Heart Walk

Michele Derheim, RN, will be among the hundreds of U-M employees who gather on the campus of Eastern Michigan University on May 9. They’ll be participating in the American Heart Association’s 2015 Washtenaw County Heart Walk/5K Run to help raise funds for the fight against heart disease and stroke.

Inspired by her 78-year-old father who suffers with peripheral arterial disease, Michele is currently recruiting runners for her team, “Hearts on the Run.” A born motivator, she hopes to inspire others to participate in the Heart Walk and to embrace a healthy lifestyle, something she did eight years ago in anticipation of her 40th birthday.

“I realized that I needed to take better care of myself,” Michele says. Even though she was a frequent walker and aerobic exerciser, she found it wasn’t enough. She began a walking/running routine that soon had her running three miles, then 5K races and, finally, a full marathon in 2013. Her father’s condition has made her commitment to fighting heart disease and embracing a healthy lifestyle even stronger. Continue reading