Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital May 12, 2014
Sammie Lunt (right) is taking steps to a healthier future.
In 2012, wife and mother of three, Sammie Lunt, suffered a heart attack at the age of 53. Less than two years later, she courageously climbed to the top of 53 State Street alongside her husband and family to make a difference in the fight against heart disease. Now, they’re taking on Fenway Park to support survivors, like Sammie, and take steps toward a healthier future.
This past January, the Lunt family and friends participated in ClimbAmerica! – a unique stair climbing event hosted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s ClimbCorps, which raises funds and awareness for heart disease. Led by Sammie’s son, Kyle, their team, the “Koala Kongs,” was one of the top fundraisers, raising $2,261 to support life-saving education, programming, and research for heart disease prevention.
“I always knew my parents made a good team,” says Kyle. “But after about 17 flights, they were both tired and ready to give up. Instead, they looked each other in the eye and decided that they’d keep going, one flight at a time, until they couldn’t go any farther. They were the last ones to finish, but they finally made it all the way up together.”
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Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital January 9, 2014
Chances are you know someone who has been affected by heart disease, America’s leading cause of death in both men and women. More than 1,000 sudden cardiac arrests occur each day in the United States, and nine out of 10 occur at home. Unfortunately, only one in three people survive sudden cardiac arrest.
Derek Daly beat the odds. In August 2009, Derek suffered cardiac arrest at home. Fortunately, his wife was able to immediately start CPR and, with the help of his family and first responders, he survived. Derek was brought to Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) for treatment.
While visiting BWH during his recovery and rehabilitation, Derek heard about ClimbCorps. Founded at BWH, ClimbCorps is dedicated to raising awareness about heart disease and improving individual health by transforming the stairwells of Boston’s tallest office buildings into fitness venues.
As someone who was always active, Derek wanted to get back to the activities he loved as quickly as possible. He decided to participate in ClimbCorps’ January 2013 event called ClimbAmerica!, which raises funds and awareness for heart disease prevention. Along with 1,600 other participants, he successfully reached the top of Boston’s Prudential Building in support of this important cause.
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Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital September 26, 2013
The BWH ClimbCorps team is dedicated to fighting heart disease.
Last fall, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) launched an innovative program called ClimbCorps to improve America’s health and prevent heart disease. The goal of ClimbCorps, the nation’s first service corps dedicated to fighting heart disease and improving America’s health, is to train aspiring public health leaders to educate, engage, and empower others in achieving a healthier lifestyle.
Through organized stair climbs, educational workshops, and fundraisers , ClimbCorps members are raising awareness about heart disease and improving America’s health, one step at time. In its first year alone, ClimbCorps has transformed the stairwells in Boston’s largest office buildings into fitness venues, with participants climbing over eight million steps. In addition to educating thousands of people on heart disease prevention, ClimbCorps also has hosted two Climbathon fundraising events , which brought together more than 1,800 climbers and volunteers to raise more than $120,000 for heart disease prevention.
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