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Hospital walkers raise funds for American Heart Association

More than 300 Adventist Midwest Health employees and their families raised $34,556 for the American Heart Association’s Metro Chicago Start! Heart Walk, held Sept. 26 at the Esplanade at Locust Point in Downers Grove. A fun corporate and family event with 1 and 3-mile walk routes, the annual Heart Walk raises vital funds for research and education.

The 327 Adventist Midwest Health participants were divided into 54 teams; The funds raised by each Adventist Midwest Health site break down as follows:

Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital’s 40 participants raised $7,917
Adventist GlenOaks Hospital’s 59 participants raised $3,270
Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s 137 participants raised $15,311
Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital’s 63 participants raised $6,623
27 participants from the regional Tallgrass center in Bolingbrook raised $1,335
“The Heart Walk is a great example of what we’re capable of accomplishing when we work together for a common cause,” said Ted Paarlberg, director of Adventist Cardiac Network and Business Development for Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.

Adventist Midwest Health raised $28,902 last year.

Since 1924, the Chicago-based American Heart Association has helped protect people from heart disease and stroke, the nation’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers.