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 with his daughter and dog in last year’s Heart Walk.
“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 →
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.
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.
For questions or help registering, contact Tara Tomcsik (email@example.com, 734-945-5895) or Traci Fischer (firstname.lastname@example.org, 734-232-1866).
For 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.
One American dies from a coronary event every minute, and someone is stricken by such an event every 34 seconds. Similarly, one person in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds and someone dies from stroke every four minutes.
U-M top walker Deidre Todd will lead the Heartthrobs team in the 2014 Heart Walk.
When hundreds of U-M employees gather on the campus of Eastern Michigan University on May 10, they’ll be there with a common goal: to help raise funds for the fight against heart disease and stroke.
One of those teams — the Heartthrobs — will be led by Deidre Todd, a 25-year University of Michigan Health System employee and heart disease survivor. Deidre, a clinical safety coordinator in the Office of Clinical Safety, has been a top walker in past AHA Heart Walks, but her commitment to helping raise funds for heart disease and stroke research and education now stems from a personal perspective. It is driven by her desire to encourage women to be vigilant about their heart health.
Deidre’s health challenges began after the birth of her child, Alex, in 2009, at age 43. “I thought my exhaustion and fatigue were the result of being an older mom,” she says. A few months after her son’s birth, she developed a condition that was diagnosed as bronchitis, but she continued to feel weak and run-down for months. Deidre’s fatigue and nausea continued to worsen until the point one night in early 2010 when she drove herself to the emergency room of her local hospital. After extensive testing, Deidre was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy. Continue reading →
More than 2,150 Americans die from cardiovascular disease each day — one every 40 seconds. Similarly, one person in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds and someone dies from stroke every four minutes.
On May 10, hundreds of U-M employees will put on their walking shoes at the Eastern Michigan University campus and join the effort to help fight heart disease and stroke.
The Ethan’s Emissaries team is 26 members strong. Photo: Leisa Thompson
This year, Ethan’s Emissaries — one of the dedicated U-M teams — will be walking in honor of an unborn child who has been diagnosed with a congenital heart defect known as hypoplastic left heart syndrome. HLHS is a rare condition in which the left ventricle of the heart is severely underdeveloped. The baby’s mother, Betty Esquivel, a medical assistant at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Medical Specialty Clinics, is due to give birth to Ethan on May 21. He will face several surgeries, including at birth, 6 months and 2 years. Continue reading →
NOTICE: Except where otherwise noted, all articles are published under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license. You are free to copy, distribute, adapt, transmit, or make commercial use of this work as long as you attribute the University of Michigan Health System as the original creator and include a link to this article.