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Heart Walk Draws 3,500 to Warner Park

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MADISON – More than 3,500 walkers converged on Warner Park on Oct. 18 to participate in the American Heart Association Start! Heart Walk, a 1.5- or 3-mile walk to raise funds to save lives from heart disease and stroke.

2008 Heart Walk

View a Photo Array from the 2008 Start! Heart Walk

Among the crowd were 1,340 walkers representing UW Health, all clad in red "Team UW Health" t-shirts to support the cause.

"UW Health is very proud to support heart-healthy initiatives with the American Heart Association," says Donna Katen-Bahensky, president and CEO of UW Hospital and Clinics. "Whether it is our support of Madison's Go Red For Women, or the walkers who made up the UW Health team during this year's Heart Walk, I believe our commitment can and will make a significant impact on this health issue."

As part of the Go Red For Women heart health initiative, walkers had the opportunity to don a feather boa and have their photo taken at UW Health's "Go Red Diva" booth (see photo, below right).

The Go Red For Women "Diva Couch" at the 2008 Heart WalkThe 2008 Heart Walk raised about $330,000 for the American Heart Association, about an eight percent increase over last year.

"I am thrilled that the Heart Walk in my new hometown of Madison experienced such a great increase in participation and donations," said Katen-Bahensky, who also serves as the chairwoman of the American Heart Association's Midwest Affiliate Board of Directors.

A final UW Health team fundraising total will be announced in mid-November, but Team UW Health is expected to exceed its goal of raising $40,000 for the walk – a friendly challenge from Meriter Hospital President and CEO Jim Woodward, who chaired this year's local event.

"I was impressed with the scope of collaboration among Madison-area health care providers when it came to supporting the American Heart Association's 2008 South Central Wisconsin Heart Walk," says Woodward.

"These organizations really took to heart the event's mission, and collectively played a major role in helping raise funds that will ultimately allow the AHA to continue to 'Create Hope, Inspire Change and Celebrate Success,'" added Woodward, citing a theme from this year's walk.

Date Published: 10/31/2008

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