Encouraging Heart Walk Participation

Dr. Christopher Cunningham shows his enthusiasm for the Heart Walk.

Dr. Christopher Cunningham shows his enthusiasm for the Heart Walk.

This is a picture from the Pee Dee Area Heart Walk last October, which took place on the campus of  Francis Marion University.  By supporting the Heart Walk, Dr. Chris Cunningham took an active role in the fight against heart disease and stroke outside of the Operating Room as well as in it, with a passion for people and  their well-being.  Dr. Cunningham is an accomplished vascular surgeon at McLeod.  He takes time to speak with many community groups about the disease and he helps with the Heart Walk each year.

McLeod Health has many team members working daily to improve the health of heart and stroke patients. With an extremely high incidence of heart disease and stroke in our region, there are many patients who need and rely on our services and our care.  In addition to our daily work, we join with the American Heart Association annually to raise funds to further research, prevention and treatment.  This year, McLeod Health will partner with Nucor to sponsor the American Heart Association’s 2009 Heart Walk. I have agreed and I am honored to be serving as chairman for the Heart Walk again this year.  We encourage the support of dedicated walkers from McLeod Darlington, Dillon and Florence, as in previous years.

Our goal  for the Heart Walk is to have as many McLeod team members and families as possible participate in the Heart Walk on Saturday, October 24, 2009.  The Heart Walk is scheduled for what we hope will be another beautiful fall morning at Francis Marion University. The event will be filled with fun activities and heart health education for the entire family.  

Another goal this year is to help the American Heart Association raise $45,000.  To reach our goal, we need additional volunteers … team leaders, teams and walkers.

Teams are forming in the hospital.  Ask your Director about a team in your department or contact Melissa Capps via email (or by calling her at ext. 2569) about joining a team.

I look forward to the difference WE will make in the fight against heart disease and stroke. I am confident that the Heart Walk in October will be a rewarding experience for everyone involved.  Let’s support a healthy lifestyle and walk to demonstrate our commitment.


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