September 13, 2013
Greater Baltimore Heart and Stroke Walk
Dear University Colleagues:
Last year, the University of Maryland, Baltimore, in partnership with the University of Maryland Medical System, began a collaborative tradition to support the American Heart Association's (AHA) Greater Baltimore Heart and Stroke Walk, successfully raising over $66,000. Our joint team, known simply as the University of Maryland, did an excellent job to raise funds and awareness for heart and stroke disease. As you may know, this year's fundraising initiative is underway and the walk itself is quickly approaching. Scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 19, the festivities will kick off at the Camden Yards Sports Complex.
Once again, I hope you will join me in this very important walk to save lives. The bar has been set even higher this year with our fundraising goal of $100,000. But, the AHA has an even more ambitious goal: To improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent, by the year 2020. It might help you to know that in 2012 alone, the University of Maryland received $3.7 million from the American Heart Association in research funding. I feel it is incumbent upon us to support an organization that supports our own colleagues.
If you are interested, the first, most important step is to register. I encourage you to visit www.greaterbaltimoreheartwalk.org this week to:
Register as a departmental team captain
Register as a walker
If you have questions pertaining to registration, how to fundraise, and/or the University of Maryland Heart Walk team in general, please contact UMB's AHA Heart Walk representatives Danielle Brown or Colette Beaulieu.
Thank you for your continued enthusiasm and commitment to save lives and support the AHA Greater Baltimore Heart and Stroke Walk! With your help, the University of Maryland team can reach our $100,000 goal.
Jay A. Perman, MD