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D-F : Heartwise Walk for Life

September 20, 2006 - TRC

DOVER-FOXCROFT - Plans are under way for the 16th annual Heartwise Walk for Life on Saturday, Oct. 7. The 3.1-mile, noncompetitive walk fundraiser helps support the cardiac rehabilitation program at Mayo Regional Hospital.

Registration for walkers begins at the Piscataquis Regional YMCA at 9:30 a.m.,
when pledges are collected. The walk starts at 10 a.m., and constitutes a loop through the streets of Dover-Foxcroft, beginning and ending at the YMCA.

All walkers receive a gift. Anyone who raises $25 or more in pledges also receives
a T-shirt. Pledge forms are available from Heartwise in the Mayo Medical Office

Sponsorship support is also sought for the walk. Businesses who donate $50-99 are
listed as sponsors, those who donate $100-500 are listed as benefactors, and those
who donate over $500 are listed as guardians on the T-shirt.

The walk is the major fund-raiser for Heartwise. Last year dozens of walkers brought in pledges and businesses contributed donations from Dover-Foxcroft, Guilford, Dexter, Milo and other area towns. The event raised over $12,300 in 2005, with those funds used to purchase exercise equipment and provide scholarships for Heartwise patients.

This year's walk is in memory of Dr. Harold "Hap" Gerrish and the
goal is to raise $13,000.

Heartwise Director Judy Gerrish said scholarship funds are important due to the continued growth in the phase II program and limited insurance coverage for many patients.

Heartwise provides a Phase III program designed for maintenance following a cardiac event, and Phase II program designed for patients who have experienced a recent cardiac event.

Heartwise provides a program of supervised exercise and educational group sessions for people with some type of heart or blood vessel disease. For more information on Heartwise and the Walk for Life,

For more information contact : Judy Gerrish, Heartwise, 564-4207.

NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.