Walkers Show Support for AHA


Teams from the VCU Health Pauley Heart Center took to the streets to raise funds for the American Heart Association’s annual Richmond Heart Walk, held Oct. 10, 2015, at West Creek Parkway. A total of 147 walkers from the heart center took part in the event and raised $15,991 for the organization, which seeks to save lives and support critical research for heart disease and strokes.  

“We have a long history of participation in the Heart Walk. We enjoy being a part of an event that has such an impact and supports the Pauley Heart Center and our patients in so many ways,” says VCU Health Pauley Heart Center Director of Nursing Kathryn Perkinson, RN. “The American Heart Association is a great partner in the fight against heart disease.”

The Pauley Heart Pumpers were VCU Health’s leading fundraising team. Lorraine Witzke, RN, served as co-chair with Greg Lowe, a heart transplant recipient.

“The 2015 Richmond Heart Walk raised over $1 million for the first time and we are looking forward to even greater things this year,” says Witzke.

The next Heart Walk will take place Saturday, October 8, 2016, and offer both 1- and 3-mile routes. To sign up or support a VCU Health Pauley Heart Center team, please visit www.WalkWithVCU.com.

“We hope you will join us. It is a great time for family, friends—even the four-legged ones—to get some fresh air and exercise,” says Witzke.