October 19, 2007

Vanderbilt set to pump up Heart Walk

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Kim Amsilli, Joe Copeland, with sign, and Albert Gedge at last year’s Heart Walk. (photo by Dana Johnson)

Vanderbilt set to pump up Heart Walk

The 2007 Nashville American Heart Association Heart Walk will take place Saturday, Oct. 20, on Vanderbilt's campus.

Festivities begin at 9 a.m. and the walk starts at 11 a.m. on the Natchez Field.

With 177 team captains leading the way, Vanderbilt's goal for this year is $500,000.

“It is very important for Vanderbilt, our Heart and Vascular Institute and our heart patients that this be a successful event,” said C. Wright Pinson, M.D., associate vice chancellor for Clinical Affairs.

The American Heart Association is partnering with Vanderbilt to introduce its newest cause movement, Start!, to the Nashville community. Start! is a national campaign that calls on all Americans and their employers to create a culture of physical activity and health to live longer, heart-healthy lives through walking.

Last year the Nashville Heart Walk was the 10th largest in the country, according to the AHA.

Vanderbilt raised $311,000 and was the fourth-leading fund-raising institution in the country.

For more information on the Heart Walk, contact Ed Higgins, assistant director of Marketing Outreach, at 936-0301 or ed.higgins@vanderbilt.edu.