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Northwest Harris County Heart Walk Raises $156,000

| November 1, 2015

CFISD representatives Nicole Ray, left, and Leslie Francis, center, display the “#3 Top Community Fundraiser” certificate and long-time community member Debbie Godbold holds the “#2 Top Community Fundraiser” certificate at the Northwest Harris County Heart Walk.

CFISD representatives Nicole Ray, left, and Leslie Francis, center, display the “#3 Top Community Fundraiser” certificate and long-time community member Debbie Godbold holds the “#2 Top Community Fundraiser” certificate at the Northwest Harris County Heart Walk.

Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital Is Top Fundraising Company

Despite chilly temperatures, nearly 3,500 participants walked in the 2015 Northwest Harris County Heart Walk on Saturday, Oct. 3 at Lone Star College – University Park. The event, sponsored by Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital, raised $156,000 for the fight against cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

“We are thrilled over the success from the Northwest Harris County Heart Walk,” said Meagan McCracken, American Heart Association. “We appreciate all the walkers who showed up bright and early eager to walk with us. The community’s passion for our mission is extremely powerful, and we are grateful for all of the support from our local volunteers and sponsors.”

Houston Methodist Willowbrook came in as the top fundraising company, raising over $25,000 for the Heart Walk.

“I am so proud of our employees and physicians for their dedication to supporting the American Heart Association and the Northwest Harris County Heart Walk,” said Keith Barber, CEO for Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital, and senior vice president for Houston Methodist Hospital. “At Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital, we support a culture of healthy, active lifestyles. We encourage one another to get daily physical activity and we make healthy food options available on our campus. “

“We want to encourage people to get connected with their employer’s wellness programs and to take advantage of opportunities to be physically active,” said Barber. “Because we live, work and play in this community, we want our community to be healthy as well. That’s why we support education programs to prevent cardiovascular diseases and stroke.”

Cypress Fairbanks ISD raised $12,333.74 for the Heart Walk. Cypress Lakes High School was the top overall and high school fundraiser, with $6,420.73 generated for the cause. Bleyl Middle School was the top middle scho0l team, and Francone Elementary the top elementary team. The school district also had the top participating schools with Cy-Falls High School (HOSA), Hopper Middle School, Moore Elementary and Reed Elementary. District Super­intendent Dr. Mark Henry came in as the third-highest fundraiser with a personal donation of $1,125.

Cypress Lakes Principal Sarah Harty expressed pride in her students and staff for their fundraising efforts, which pushed the campus to $30,977 raised for the Heart Walk since its 2008 inception.

“Cypress Lakes is proud to be the top contributor the AHA Heart Walk,” she said. “Since we have opened, we have contributed more than $30,000 to this cause. We believe that we show our Spartan VALOR by contributing to a community that has given so much to us.”

Lone Star College-University Park helped raise nearly $7,000 with campus President Shah Ardalan reaching a personal fundraising goal of $3,525.

Walkers were greeted by an impromptu dance performance by the Cypress Lakes High School dance team, the Sterling Stars, as they helped Great Day Houston’s Courtney Perna kick off the event with an exhilarating dance performance from the crowd.

Walkers also got a chance to hear from Amy Demmer, a stroke survivor, as she explained how donations raised in the community help fund lifesaving technologies needed for stroke care and prevention.

Also honored was Marlene Ruffino, who won the AHA’s Lifestyle Change Award for her success in setting the bar for living a healthy lifestyle. Ruffino has won the Wellness Challenge at Lone Star College-University Park two years in a row and serves on the University Park Wellness Committee.

The program ended with an upbeat workout by Jahanna Baba from Anytime Fitness – Vintage Park before walkers hit the pavement and enjoyed the noncompetitive 5K walk on campus.

The top fundraising teams raised over $11,500 and included Ignite!, led by Lone Star College–University Park’s Christina Robinson; Heart & Vascular Heroes, led by Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital’s Marcia Malone–Tedder; and Debbie’s Dream Team, led by Cy-Fair ISD’s Leslie Francis.

University of Houston Downtown– Northwest sponsored the event’s hydration stations and Kroger provided over 5,000 waters for the walkers.

Affinity Medical Associates, Allegiance Bank, Caldwell Companies, CHI St. Luke’s Health, Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Center of Cypress, Memorial Hermann Cypress, North Cypress Medical Center, and SBS also contributed to the Heart Walk’s success. 89.3 KSBJ Radio and Houston Community Newspapers were the event’s media partners.

Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital CEO Keith Barber welcomes the crowd.

Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital CEO Keith Barber welcomes the crowd.

 

Cypress Lakes’ Sterling Stars Dance team pose for a group shot

Cypress Lakes’ Sterling Stars Dance team pose for a group shot

 

Over 3,500 people participated in the Heart Walk

Over 3,500 people participated in the Heart Walk

 


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