Houston Methodist Willowbrook earns top award as highest fundraising company
Thanks to community support from local companies and school districts, the American Heart Association | American Stroke Association’s(AHA | ASA) Northwest Harris County Heart Walk had its biggest year yet.
Over 3,500 walkers turned out for the annual, family-friendly 5K that took place on Saturday, October 29 at Lone Star College – University Park. Heart Walk chair and President of Lone Star College – University Park, Shah Ardalan, came in as the event’s top walker with over $3,300 dollars raised.
“It was an honor to chair this year’s walk,” Ardalan said. “Everyone across the community who walked, contributed, or worked behind the scenes deserves credit for helping make that happen. I thank and congratulate them on a job well done.”
Following his lead was Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District Board of Trustee’s member Darcy Mingoia, with over $2,400 raised.
Houston Methodist Willowbrook came in top place for highest fundraising company with over $18,000 raised. Noble Energy came in second place with over $17,000, and Lone Star College – University Park rounded out third with over $11,500 raised.
“We are grateful for the community support from our wonderful sponsors, volunteers and donors,” said Teresa Carroll, Senior Corporate Market Director for the Northwest Harris County Heart Walk. “While the beautiful weather was a contributing factor to the amazing turnout we had this year, I wholeheartedly believe that we would not have been as successful without the support from this giving and supportive community.”
Keith Barber, CEO of Houston Methodist Willowbrook and Senior Vice President of Houston Methodist, also made an announcement at the walk that he will be taking the torch from Ardalan and joining the AHA’s fight against heart disease and stroke as the chair of the 2017 Northwest Harris County Heart Walk.
“Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital is very excited to chair the 2017 Northwest Harris County Heart Walk and once again partner with the American Heart Association,” Barber said. “Our organization is committed to improving health and wellness in our community. The Heart Walk is a great opportunity for us to come together, have fun and raise money for heart disease and stroke research and treatment.”
The walk, which raised over $175,000, welcomed people from all walks of life, including survivors, families who have lost someone to heart disease and stroke, and advocates.
Cy-Fair ISD’s Team Blake raised $1,300 in honor of the lifesaving research of the American Heart Association. 9-year-old Blake Randolph was born with a Congenital Heart Defect. At age 5, he received a noninvasive surgery to close the hole in his heart, but had to undergo open heart surgery at age seven after a leak began to form in his heart. Without the research funded by the AHA, Blake said he would not be alive today to do one of his favorite things, which is playing baseball and hanging out with his dad.
Other top Cy-Fair ISD teams included the Heartwarmers, Cy-Lake Spartans, the Hopper Huskies, and Tipps Tigers.
Donations are still being accepted for the Northwest Harris County Heart Walk. If you are interested in helping the AHA further their mission, you can donate or find out how you can get involved by visiting northwestharriscountyheartwalk.heart.org.
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