Walk to raise funds for cardiac program

Posted Oct. 01, 2012, at 4:13 p.m.

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — Plans are under way for the 22nd annual Heartwise Walk for Life on Saturday, Oct. 6. The 3.1-mile, noncompetitive walk fundraiser helps support the cardiac rehabilitation program at Mayo Regional Hospital.

Registration for walkers will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Piscataquis Regional YMCA. The walk starts at 10 a.m., and constitutes a loop through the streets of Dover-Foxcroft, beginning and ending at the YMCA.

All walkers will receive a gift. Anyone who raises $25 or more in pledges also will receive a T-shirt. Pledge forms are available from Heartwise in the Mayo Medical Office Building.

Sponsorship support also is needed for the walk. Businesses that donate $50-99 will be listed as sponsors, those who donate $100-500 will be listed as benefactors, and those who donate more than $500 will be listed as guardians on the T-shirt.

The event annually raises approximately $13,000, with funds used to purchase exercise equipment and provide scholarships for Heartwise patients.

Heartwise Director Judy Gerrish said scholarship funds are important due to the continued growth in the Phase II program and limited insurance coverage for many patients.

Heartwise provides a program of supervised exercise and educational group sessions for those with heart or blood vessel disease.

For information on Heartwise and the Walk for Life, call 564-4207.

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