October 3, 2013

2013 Greater Baltimore Heart and Stroke Walk

Dear UMB Community:

Rarely do you get to exercise, help others, and walk beside a professional sports field all at the same time, but that opportunity is presenting itself on Oct. 19 at the Greater Baltimore Heart and Stroke Walk.

This year's American Heart Association event begins at 9 a.m. at the Camden Yards Sports Complex and part of the one- and three-mile routes pass through the numbers and statue plaza honoring Orioles greats at Oriole Park.

I want to thank all of you who have already contributed or signed up to be on the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) team. For those of you who plan to walk but just haven't registered, now is the time! The Heart and Stroke Walk is nearly two weeks away.

To register as a team captain or a walker, click here. On the website you will find many tips on how to maximize your donations, especially by using social media. Last year we formed a University of Maryland team, partnering with the University of Maryland Medical System, with 350 UMB walkers raising more than $33,000. This year our goal is raising $40,000 to help cure cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Even if heart disease hasn't touched you or a member of your family, all members of the UMB community owe a debt of thanks to the American Heart Association (AHA). In Fiscal Year 2012, AHA contributed more than $3.3 million to fund research at UMB.

So I urge you to register for the walk. Have other plans on Oct. 19? You can still participate by donating to this worthy cause here. Pick out a co-worker's team to add to their total.

If you have any questions about UMB's participation in the Greater Baltimore Heart and Stroke Walk, please contact Danielle Brown at dbrow010@umaryland.edu or Colette Beaulieu at cbeaulie@hshsl.umaryland.edu. Send more general questions to the AHA's Kimberly Moore at kimberly.a.moore@heart.org.

Thanks for your support and I hope to see you on Oct. 19!


Jay A. Perman, MD