AHA Washtenaw County Heart Walk to be held May 22

May 13, 2021  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

This year, the American Heart Association’s (AHA) annual Washtenaw County Heart Walk will be held as a virtual event on Saturday, May 22. The Heart Walk is AHA’s premier event aimed at raising funds to save lives from the country’s number 1 and number 5 killers — heart disease and stroke.

Why support the Heart Walk?

You can help fund lifesaving science. In the past 50 years, the AHA has funded 746 research grants at Michigan Medicine totaling more than $69 million. Current funding of more than $11 million is supporting 46 active projects and, since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the AHA has given an additional $2.7 million in grants to Michigan Medicine.

For years, Michigan Medicine has been a leading supporter of the Washtenaw County Heart Walk to raise money for groundbreaking research, critical patient education and community outreach projects.

“We set a goal at Michigan Medicine to raise $30,000 this year,” said Linda Larin, M.B.A., FACHE,
interim chief operating officer for University Hospital and Frankel Cardiovascular Center, and co-chair for the American Heart Association Washtenaw County Heart Walk.

“We are about two-thirds of the way to our goal and every dollar makes a difference,” said Larin. “There’s still time to donate, or even to create or join a team for the event.”

Michigan Medicine is currently leading fundraising efforts for this year’s walk and Larin would love to see the organization maintain that lead in a show of support for AHA and its mission.

How can I support the Heart Walk?

Create a team, join a team or make a donation at Michigan Medicine Heart Walk.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Learn more about becoming a team coach and other Heart Walk details by contacting Michigan Medicine’s AHA staff partner Raquel Sulaiman at Raquel.Sulaiman@heart.org

“I would love for you to join me in supporting the 2021 Virtual AHA Washtenaw County Heart Walk,” said Larin. “Together, we can promote the mission of the American Heart Association — to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.”

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