THANK YOU! Whether you got your steps in around the neighborhood, at the Rail Trail, or in the comfort of your home, we appreciate and celebrate you for supporting our 2020 Virtual Southern Tier Heart Walk! Though we could not gather in person as a community, we saw and heard the passion from so many of our friends (locally and nationally) as you crossed the finish line on that day strong! We are all so inspired by the many pictures, videos, remembrances of Gina Chapman, and support for the American Heart Association.
We know it took countless hours, dedication, and passion from our walkers, SURVIVORS, sponsors, leadership, and volunteers. It takes a city . . . IT TAKES YOU!!! No matter the distance or location, together we have raised $370,000 (and counting!) towards our $380,000 goal in support of critical research programs that can lead to our next lifesaving breakthrough impacting generations to come!
The website will remain open until May 31st for last-minute fundraising. If you are close to one of our fundraising milestones, you still have time! Raise $100 and receive the national commemorative shirt. Raise $250 and receive our special 2020 commemorative long-sleeve wick shirt. Raise $1,000 receive additional prizes and incentives. If you have donations to hand in, just contact us. THANK YOU!!!
To support the Walk from your phone, Text 41444 and type BINGHW - Thank you for your support!
We are inspired by Christine Cipar
About two and a half years ago, I had a stroke. I was getting ready for bed when I sat down and realized I couldn’t move. I couldn’t talk. I couldn’t get up. I’m not sure how long I sat on the bed, but my boyfriend, at the time called 911. When the paramedics got there, I still couldn’t talk. That night I had surgery to remove a blood clot in my brain. I woke up about a a week later in the hospital.
Since my stroke, I’ve had to slow way down and relax. I was working all the time in a busy hospitality job before my stroke. Now, I’m working on things like speech and balance. I get sad a lot, but I often go for a walk when I do. I know recovery is a slow and steady process.
Doctors have done several tests, but still aren’t sure why I had a stroke or the seizures that came with it. I’m still at risk for future strokes and seizures, but I keep going. I’m learning to live for today!
– Christine Cipar, 2020 Inspirational Stroke Honoree
We are inspired by Terry Purtell
Many years ago an “old” guy said to me “I spent the first 40 years of my life trying to kill myself and now I am spending the last 40 trying to stay alive.”
I was a “pack a day” smoker, drank enough beer to float the Queen Mary, and the only thing better than one Bacon Double Cheeseburger was two. All of these factors, plus a highly stressful sales job, gave me a severe case of heartburn; or so I thought. At 44 years of age I had my first angioplasty. The “heartburn” went away and I cut back on bad things – for a while. In 2006, at age 55 I had my 2nd angioplasty and finally a third angioplasty in 2014, which led to triple bypass surgery. I was told I should attend Cardiac Rehab twice weekly for 8 weeks. I have been going for 6 years. I have lost 40 lbs. and at 69 years of age I feel better than ever.
If you see yourself in my story, don’t ignore your symptoms. See your doctor. It could save your life.
– Terry Purtell, 2020 Inspirational Heart Honoree
Introducing the 2020 Southern Tier Heart Walk Chairperson
John Carrigg, President & CEO, UHS, Inc.
"The why for me is both personal and professional. I have seen several family members affected by cardiovascular disease, and I have also seen life-saving research and treatment as President and CEO of UHS, the largest healthcare system in our region. I have seen both the negative impact of the disease and the positive impact of beneficial research and world class treatment brought to our community. I ask for everyone's support in making the 2020 Southern Tier Heart Walk a success in the battle against heart disease and stroke."
By participating in the Heart Walk, you’re joining a million Heart Walk Heroes from across the nation raising funds for lifesaving science. Science that can teach us all how to live longer and be Healthy For Good.
Take a few minutes to consider the lives you are going to help change for the better through your leadership and donations. We’re talking more moms, dads, brothers, aunts and babies' lives saved. Help keep hearts everywhere beating. Let’s take steps together to cure heart disease and stroke.