The Central Maine Heart Walk, which is the largest fundraising event for the American Heart Association in Lewiston, is scheduled for April 28, 2019. The event, to be held at Simard-Payne Park, will feature a choice of a 1-mile or 5K walk, healthy snacks, and fun family activities.
The volunteer committee has set a goal to raise $150,000 through corporate donations and walk teams. The Executive Leadership committee includes: Beckie Swanson Conrad of the Lewiston Auburn Chamber of Commerce; Kate Carlisle of Central Maine Healthcare; Niki Morton of Casco Bay Food and Beverage; Amy Kivus-Rouleau of Spectrum Healthcare Partners and Valerie Marshall of L.L. Bean. Dr. Dervilla McCann, Chief of Population Health and Vice President of Provider Affairs with Central Maine Healthcare, currently serves as the Association’s Board President for Maine.
Dollars raised at the Heart Walk will fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat heart disease and stroke. The Association is the world’s leading voluntary organization focused on heart and brain health. Currently, the Association funds over $1.3 million in cardiovascular research at Maine institutions.
The event will begin with a celebratory kick-off at 8:30 AM at Simard-Payne Park, hosted by Channel 8 WMTW’s Tracy Sabol and WPOR FM’s Courtney Ross. Activities will include Hands-Only CPR demonstrations, a survivor speaker, heart disease and stroke prevention information, and educational exhibits aimed at inspiring people to improve their health.
The Association is seeking additional volunteers to serve on the Executive Leadership Team and to volunteer in other capacities. For more information and to register on-line, visit CentralMaineHeartWalk.org or contact Shelly Afthim at (207) 289-2384 or Shelly.Afthim@heart.org.