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Heart Disease Survivor Honored for Fundraising Efforts

Nancy Sweitzer, MD, Dan White and Rachel Otremba, RN MADISON - Beaver Dam resident and heart disease survivor, Dan White was recently honored with a plaque for being the number one fundraising walker in the recent Madison Heart Walk. White raised $12,790 for his walking team, UW Health, and has been participating in the event for the last three years.  His three-year total is over $21,000.


"UW Health was instrumental in saving my life. Helping raise funds for the American Heart Association helps me repay my doctors for what they've done for me," White said. "In addition, I like giving to the American Heart Association because I see the dollars helping right here in Wisconsin."


UW Health's 1,700 walkers raised an all-time record high for funds raised by a Madison organization, topping at over $70,000.


More than 2,500 American Heart Association supporters came out four months ago for the 17th annual Madison Heart Walk. Walkers were encouraged to organize teams at the companies where they work or with family and friends. Despite tough economic times, walkers managed to raise over $250,000 to support outreach, public and professional education and heart disease and stroke research, now the number 1 and number 3 leading causes of death in America. Heart attack and stroke combined are responsible for 30.8% of the deaths in Dodge County.


Research funded by the American Heart Association has yielded major advances, such as the heart-lung machine, CPR/ AED, life-extending drugs, pacemakers, bypass surgery and surgical techniques to repair heart defects and save lives.


Photo Credit: UW Health patient Dan White of Beaver Dam was top walker for the American Heart Association's 2009 Heart Walk, raising $12,790.  He led the way in fund-raising efforts for his UW Health team that included other heart failure patients and members of his care team (pictured with him, L and R) Nancy Sweitzer, MD, PhD and Rachel Otremba, RN.  Congratulations Dan!


This article was produced by the American Heart Association.

Date Published: 02/10/2010

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