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$115,000 raised for American Heart Association
REGION -- The 15th annual Central Maine Heart Walk took place on September 15 in Lewiston/Auburn and Rumford to benefit the life-saving research and education of the American Heart Association (AHA).
The AHA’s largest event in Central Maine, the flagship walk in Lewiston/Auburn drew approximately 1500 walkers who together raised over $115,000.
Paul Smith, a Senior Vice President with TD Bank, and Matt Jancovic, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Oxford Networks, are the 2013 Heart Walk Co-Chairs. Smith previously chaired the 2011 Heart Walk and is a heart survivor and top individual fundraising walker, raising nearly $4,000. The top fundraising company teams were Central Maine Medical Center, who took the lead by raising over $13,000, followed by TD Bank, St. Mary’s Health System, and Schooner Estates.
Smith presented his co-worker Melanie Wenthworth with the 2013 Lifestyle Change Award for her weight loss efforts. Wentworth lost over 100 pounds by increasing her physical activity and making healthy dietary changes. She went from having difficulty going for short walks due to shortness of breath to participating in weight training and aerobic classes for 60 minutes at a time.
Walkers then embarked on either a 1-mile or 5K walk along the L/A Trails Riverwalk. New this year, the event also included a 5K “Fun Run”. Following the walk/run, the band “Tinpanic” entertained the crowd with live music. Central Maine Medical Center provided blood pressure screenings. Children were able to enjoy rock climbing wall, bungee trampoline, face painting and other activities in the Kids Zone.
In addition to the main event in Lewiston/Auburn, a satellite walks was held in Rumford to reach a broader geographical area within Central Maine. Volunteers raised over $7,000 at the Rumford satellite walk with about 140 walkers. Sandy Witas, of River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition was the leader, assisted by Tammy Berry, Tammy Daigle, Dan Elliott, Sharon Gates, Jane Bubar, and Betty Palmer.
The event was made possible by the 2013 Heart Walk Executive Committee which included: Allison Beane, Hilton Garden Inn; Jill Cunningham, The City of Auburn; Adam Dunbar, Wells Fargo Advisors; Kevin Fletcher, The Masiello Group Commercial Associates; Jeff Gosselin, Mechanics Savings Bank; Matt Jancovic , Oxford Networks; Sandra Jones, TD Bank; Susan Keiler, St. Mary’s Health Systems; Kevin Lewis, Maine Community Health Options; Erica Madore, Austin Associates; Lorrie Marquis-Potvin, St. Mary’s Health Systems; Cindie Rice, Central Maine Medical Center; and Paul Smith, TD Bank.
Local Heart Walk sponsors are: Central Maine Medical Family, My Heart My Life Sponsor; Oxford Networks, Kids Zone Sponsor ; TD Bank, Lifestyle Change Award Sponsor; Hannaford Supermarkets (who also provided breakfast), National Eating Healthy Day Sponsor; St. Mary’s Health System, Start Line Sponsor; and Mechanic Savings Bank, the Hydration Station Sponsor. The event’s media partners are WMTW News 8, The Sun Journal, and WPOR FM. The Heart Walk is presented nationally by SUBWAY restaurants (who also provided lunch) and Jenny Craig.
Donations are still being accepted on the official Heart Walk website: www.centralmaineheartwalk.org or by calling the AHA Maine office at 879-5700. Some additional events, including a comedy night in October, in Lewiston/Auburn area are being planned to help the AHA reach its $160,000 fundraising goal for this year,