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Together, USA Health and the university raised more than $20,000 of the $222,764 generated by the walk.

Published Oct 15th, 2019

USA Health employees helped raise funds to fight heart disease and stroke at the 2019 Mobile Heart Walk held Saturday, Oct. 5, at the University of South Alabama. About 1,000 people walked the 5K to raise funds for the American Heart Association for innovative research, new treatments and to provide programs and services for survivors and their families. Together, USA Health and the university raised more than $20,000 of the $222,764 generated by the walk.

Lawrence Gardner, director of facilities management at USA Health University Hospital, was the top individual fundraiser at this year’s event, raising $7,785 as part of De Crewe for Matthew, a team he organized in honor of his son, Matthew, who died of a heart attack in 2005 at the age of 22. The total amount raised by De Crewe for Matthew was $8,120.

Heart disease is ranked as the No. 1 killer of Americans, according to association statistics. The Heart Walk promotes the importance of exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle while raising the funds needed to fight against heart disease and stroke. Since 1974, the association has funded almost $15 million in research awards to the University of South Alabama College of Medicine.

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