For the third consecutive year, a team from Adventist University of Health Sciences (ADU) participated in the Greater Orlando Heart Walk on September 15 at Loch Haven Park in Orlando.
This year the team exceeded its goals for both participants and fund raising. The desired goal for team walkers was 30 and 43 people participated. The team goal for fund raising was $1,500 and the team raised $1,991.
The Greater Orlando Heart Walk is a 5K run/walk organized by the American Heart Association (AHA). Companies and organizations from around the greater Orlando area participate in the event. Florida Hospital, ADU’s parent organization also participates and this year its employees raised over a quarter of a million dollars for the cause.
The hospital’s participation served as an example to many employees how the fight against heart disease and stroke happens not only within its patient rooms, but out in the community as well.
“Most of us on our team have had a loved one, or someone we know, touched by heart disease and stroke,” said Eric Cadiente, ADU team captain. “We appreciate the efforts put in by the American Heart Association to organize such a great event.”
More than 1000 teams from more than 100 companies participated in this year’s Heart Walk. The total number of participants was more than 20,000 and the total amount raised was approximately $1.2 million.
By Sahira Gomez