Heart transplant & LVAD support group participates in annual Heart Walk

August 4, 2020  //  FOUND IN: News

The American Heart Association’s (AHA) Washtenaw County Heart Walk was held virtually this year. And while the COVID-19 pandemic has changed everything, it has not changed the commitment of the Michigan Medicine Heart Transplant and LVAD Patient Support Group.

On June 13, many patients and their families and friends walked or ran wherever they were throughout the day.

The support group’s team is called Change of Heart. Comprised primarily of Pre/Post Heart Transplant/VAD Support Group members, the team set a goal of $2,500 and raised an amazing $9,098. These efforts were 75 percent of Michigan Medicine’s overall funds raised of $11,722.

Many in the group and throughout Michigan Medicine knew Todd Young and his family. Todd was an LVAD/pre-heart transplant patient and peer visitor who unexpectedly died last September. He thus became an organ donor.

It was suggested to walk in Todd’s memory this year and this thoughtful gesture was overwhelmingly adopted by the group and Todd’s family, who expressed sincere gratitude for this honor and walked as a family this year.

The American Heart Association is focused on protecting heart and stroke patients who are more likely to be seriously affected by the coronavirus. AHA has responded to COVID-19 and other work locally at U-M by:

  • Investing 2.5 million dollars in lifesaving research.
  • Awarding $14 million in research grants focused on healthy technology solutions and special projects related to COVID-19.
  • Providing health care workers with ventilator training.
  • Training hospitals and communities in CPR.
  • Accelerating the discovery of antiviral drugs