Taking Steps to Honor Mothers and Heart Disease Survivors

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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Get a Leg Up on Your New Year’s Resolutions

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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BWH Launches ClimbAmerica! for Heart Health

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital January 9, 2013

Taking the stairs is an easy way to incorporate exercise into your daily life - and improve your heart health.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for one in three deaths nationwide and claiming nearly 600,000 lives each year. The good news is that by making simple lifestyle changes like eating healthy and staying active, you have the power to prevent heart disease.

That’s why Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) created ClimbAmerica! – a special event produced by ClimbCorps to rouse people’s spirit in the fight against heart disease and raise funds to improve America’s health.

Launched by BWH, ClimbCorps is the nation’s first service corps dedicated to revolutionizing the cardiovascular health and wellness of the American public. Based on the simple principle that physical activity is needed to maintain better health, ClimbCorps leverages an easy way to incorporate exercise into daily life – by taking the stairs.

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