September 9, 2010

Heart Walk Team Captains and Participants Still Needed on Saturday, Oct. 2

This year’s Nashville Heart Walk is less than four weeks away. Team captains and participants are still needed to represent VUMC on Saturday, Oct. 2, at the walk, which is to be held on campus at the corner of Children’s Way and Natchez Trace. Heart Walk activities begin at 8 a.m., with the walk starting at 10 a.m.

Kevin Churchwell, M.D., chief executive officer for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Larry Goldberg, chief executive officer for Vanderbilt University Hospital, and David Posch, chief executive officer for The Vanderbilt Clinic and executive director for The Vanderbilt Medical Group, are serving as co-chairs of this year’s VUMC Heart Walk Team.

Last year, Vanderbilt University Medical Center raised more than $290,000 for the American Heart Association, was the AHA’s top fundraising hospital and was among the top five fundraisers among all organizations in the country. Vanderbilt’s participation in the Heart Walk has helped bring more national attention to VUMC, and greater commitment to heart disease prevention and treatment. VUMC has set the goal to raise $333,000 this year, which would make this the most successful Heart Walk campaign to date.

To sign up as a team captain or participant please click on this link: Heart Walk 2010-2011 Nashville, TN - Group List <>

As a team captain, you agree to recruit a team of 10-15 participants to join your efforts to reach a $1,000 team goal. As a participant, you agree to join a team with the personal goal to try to raise $100 toward your team’s $1,000 goal.

Vanderbilt Bank Day, where you can turn in funds raised by your team and pick up VUMC Heart Walk t-shirts for walkers on your team, will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 29, from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., in room 5181 B, Medical Center East.

Please contact Kelley Tune with the American Heart Association at 340-4125 or <> if you have any questions or need additional information about this year’s Nashville Heart Walk.

VUMC’s partnership with the American Heart Association enables the mission of both entities to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

• Since 1972, the American Heart Association has awarded more than $37 million in research grants to Vanderbilt.

• Currently, Vanderbilt is receiving more than $5.6 million in active grants, representing 32 awardees.

• 20 percent of 2009’s research grant funding from the Greater Southeast Affiliate was awarded to Vanderbilt.

• In the 2009 grant cycle, 15 additional grant applications from Vanderbilt representing $1,876,850 were deemed meritorious but were not able to be awarded due to a critical gap in funding.