Team UW Health Raises $51,176 for AHA at 2012 Heart Walk

Madison, Wisconsin - Supporting the American Heart Association's Heart Walk has been a top priority since UW Health began walking as a corporate team in 2002.


This year marked the 20th anniversary of the Madison Heart Walk, and Team UW Health recruited 559 walkers and raised $51,176 for the Oct. 13 event.


Over the past 11 years, UW Health employees have contributed more than $480,000 in support of public health education, research and professional education and training to help prevent and treat heart disease and stroke.


With clever team names and creative fundraising strategies, our Heart Walk team captains rallied their colleagues, friends and family to have fun and support an important cause.


UW Health employees have big hearts and a willingness to give, and our team captains provide the leadership and inspiration to make it all happen. For some teams, the Heart Walk has special meaning as we walk alongside our patients and their families.


A special thank you goes to Dan White, who walks with his doctor, Nancy Sweitzer, and the Advanced Heart Disease Team and single-handedly raised more than $17,000 this year. Dan has been the top fundraiser for the Madison Heart Walk for the past four years - it's been our privilege to serve him as a patient and to have him on our Heart Walk team.



Why does UW Health support the AHA?


UW Health has made supporting the work of the American Heart Association a strategic giving priority, because heart disease is the No. 1 killer of both men and women in this country.


Talking to patients about their risk factors, helping them take steps to become heart healthy, and taking care of them when they experience a heart-related illness is a core part of our work here at UW Health.


The work of the American Heart Association impacts people in Wisconsin and at UW Health in many ways:

  • There are $4 million in active AHA-funded grants at UW-Madison
  • AHA influenced legislation for Wisconsin to become a smoke-free state
  • UW Health Heart, Vascular and Thoracic Care surgeons and cardiologists attend and present at AHA scientific sessions - including the largest cardiovascular conference in the world.
  • As the exclusive Madison-area Go Red for Women sponsor, UW Health partners with the AHA year-round to build public awareness around risk factors for heart attack and stroke and to help individuals take steps towards a healthy lifestyle.

Date Published: 11/14/2012

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