Christiana Care teams raise more than $55K for heart health at 2014 Heart Walk

Christiana Care teams raise more than $55K for heart health at 2014 Heart Walk

It was a sea of green on Sunday, Sept 7, at the Wilmington Riverfront, as 65 Christiana Care walking teams and more than 1,000 employees, with their families and friends, walked in the 23rd annual American Heart Association Heart Walk, raising more than $55,000.

The top fundraising team was the Christiana Care Maintenance team, led by team captain Jeffry Ferguson, who is a carpenter in the Facilities Engineering Department. The team collected more than $7,000 for the American Heart Association.

The Kelly Williams Team, led by Libby Williams, an MRI tech at Christiana Care Imaging Services at Pike Creek, took first place as the top walker team, raising more than $5,000.  Williams has organized a team for the last five years in honor of her daughter Kelly, who at the age of 16 collapsed and went into cardiac arrest at basketball practice as a result of arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia (ARVD).  Kelly, now 20, walks with the team to help raise money for research for early diagnosis and treatment of heart disease.

“The participation from our employees was amazing and inspiring,”  said Janice Anderson, RN, of Christiana Care Cardiac Rehab, one of this year’s chairs along with Jill Karpinski, Facilities Engineering, and Sonya Stover, RN, Pulmonary Stepdown Unit. “Through hard-work and much dedication our staff, family and friends raised a significant amount of money for the American Heart Association.”

More than 3,000 Wilmington residents, family and friends participated in this year’s walk, helping to raise $265,000 for the cause.

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