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Monday, September 28, 2015
Almost 200 MGH staffers, patients and family members joined over 10,000 walkers from 100 companies on the Charles River Esplanade on Sept. 12 to participate in the 2015 American Heart Association (AHA) Boston Heart Walk. The MGH teams raised over $22,000 to support the AHA’s clinical, educational and research initiatives throughout Greater Boston in the fight again cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
“The AHA’s efforts support both the mission of the MGH Heart Center, but also the patients we serve and the broader community we reside in. The annual walk is also a wonderful opportunity to spend time with colleagues outside of the hospital” says Jamie Breed, Administrative Director of Clinical Operations for the MGH Heart Center, who spearheaded the MGH’s participation with Tony Rosenzweig, MD, chief of the MGH Division of Cardiology and Thoralf Sundt, MD, chief of Cardiac Surgery, co directors of the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center.
Rosenzweig agrees, “The AHA plays many vital roles in the battle to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease through its efforts in funding research, education and advocacy. Research funding has been particularly important to many of our most promising fellows and junior faculty at an early and critical stage in their career development, enabling them to go on to discoveries with the potential to transform the care we can offer our patients and their families. Participating in the Boston Heart Walk is one small way we can give back to this terrific organization.”
This year’s walk was especially poignant for the MGH’s ‘Team Titanium’ created by Kristyn Lantagne, administrative manager in the Cardiology Division, who recently underwent cardiac surgery three month prior to her wedding. “My colleagues quickly became my caregivers and provided me with amazing support. My MGH Heart Center family assured me they were with me every step of the way, and that I would walk down the aisle on my wedding day.”
The 11 members of her team, and the MGH community, have closely followed her journey to recovery and supported her at the Walk as she proudly wore her survivor’s red cap. Lantagne went on, “Not only did the MGH care for my heart, but they cared for me as a person. I walk to honor them and the work they do every day.”
To date, the 2015 Boston Heart Walk has raised over $1 million. Donations to the MGH campaign are still being accepted here: http://bit.ly/1Oh8MB6
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