28,000 Walk to End Heart Disease at 2016 Houston Heart Walk
On Nov. 5, nearly 28,000 people from the greater Houston area descended on the Texas Medical Center campus to raise awareness for heart disease and stroke. The 2016 Houston Heart Walk was held in the medical center for the first time, at the urging of Texas Medical Center Senior Vice President of Shared Services, Larry Stokes.
“The walk has traditionally been held outside of NRG stadium and when we started planning the walk last year, Dr. Robbins and I decided we wanted to have it on the TMC campus,” said Stokes, who chaired the event. “Our campus has great landscapes and architecture and we wanted to take advantage of that to make the walk fun and engaging for participants.”
The 5k walk started and ended on the south side of the medical center campus. Along the route, walkers were greeted by radio disc jockeys, street performers and “hydration stations.”
Participating were survivors of heart disease and stroke, as well as family members who had lost loved ones to heart disease.
“For me, the walk really brought home the importance of what we were doing and the importance of the research, fundraising and the amazing things we are doing here in the medical center,” Stokes said, after the walk.
The American Heart Association’s fundraising goal for the 2016 Houston Heart Walk is $3.2 million, which supports research, education, and various programs to fight heart disease and stroke. To date, more than $2.1 million has been raised. Fundraising ends Dec. 1.