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What Is H.E.A.R.T?

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What Is H.E.A.R.T?

Post by Admin on Tue Apr 02, 2013 6:06 pm

OUR MISSION:

H.E.A.R.T’s mission is to provide an opportunity for heart patient runners and walkers of all abilities and their families to meet, support, and form lasting friendships with others who have taken control of their lives after being diagnosed and treated for life threatening heart conditions. By example we actively promote the idea that athletic training beyond basic fitness levels can make a big difference in many heart patient’s long term survival while maximizing their quality of life.

WE OFFER:


Reassurance

  • That others with similar conditions have safely returned to active lifestyles

  • That sports participation can be a healthy and rewarding aspect of an individual’s life, despite adjustments that may be imposed by condition, treatment, or medically necessary activity modification



Encouragement

  • To follow prescribed treatment and activity regimens

  • To set and achieve goals under the guidance of members’ personal physicians



Perspective

  • To focus on possibilities instead of limitations

  • To define sport success in terms of personal achievement within the constraints of personal circumstances



This year will be H.E.A.R.T.'s eighth consecutive year of helping fellow heart patient athletes of all ability levels celebrate their recovery from heart surgery or a heart illness. It all started in 2006 when Mark Siwik, a lawyer and business consultant from Broadview Heights, Ohio and Paul Hobbs, a structural engineer from Burlington, Vermont, organized a five person heart patient relay team to participate in the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon on May 28, 2006. In subsequent years as the group grew we have fielded relay teams as well as individual runners in all events of The Road Runner Akron Marathon in 2007, the New Jersey Marathon in 2008, the Corning Wineglass Marathon in 2009, The Harrisburg Marathon in 2010, Akron again in 2011, and last year in The Baltimore Running Festival.

By 2010 our gatherings had become so large that we incorporated and registered the non profit H.E.A.R.T. in the state of Ohio as a way to carry on the vision and to manage the ever growing financial aspect of organizing the yearly events.

Our events currently focus on running and will continue to but we also want to include walking. Most of the races we attend welcome walkers and we feel it is a good way to include our non running friends and family members too. When you think about it, many of today's runners started out as walkers and what better way is there to encourage good heart health for everyone?

H.E.A.R.T. is independent of all other organizations that our participants may belong to. Our members come from several different internet and local support groups and we are open to all who wish to join us.
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