Hallmark Health to host second annual Stride for Health walk

The Stride for Health walk offers something for everyone: either a 5-mile walk or a 2-mile inner loop walk around Spot Pond as well as opportunities to volunteer. Walkers and volunteers will receive a free T-shirt.

Those who want to participate but cannot make it on June 14 can still support Hallmark Health by registering as a virtual walker. Virtual walkers take part in the Stride for Health without ever having to leave their home. All that is needed is a computer to raise funds quickly and easily online. Virtual walkers can also join or create a virtual team or join a team participating on walk day and be part of a team challenge. The registration fee will be waived for all virtual walkers.  Virtual walkers raising $100 in pledges will receive a free T-shirt.

Local leaders will also take part in supporting the event, including Melrose Mayor Rob Dolan, Medford Mayor Michael McGlynn and Wakefield Town Administrator Stephen Maio, who have agreed to compete against each other by raising funds. Whoever raises the most money by walking or by being a virtual walker will earn bragging rights for themselves and their communities, and also support cardiac and endovascular services throughout Hallmark Health.

Another way to make the Stride for Health a success is to organize a group made up of family members, friends or co-workers to compete against one another. Those that are interested in becoming walkers, virtual walkers, sponsors or volunteers are encouraged to register early.

Last year's Stride for Health raised more than $107,000 which was used to develop the Congestive Heart Failure Program and the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford, and provided free cardiac and vascular educational and screening programs, such as the Healthy Heart Series and Pulmonary Vascular Disease Screenings.

The walk also supports the Cardiac and Endovascular Center at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, the first of its kind in the region, offering patients a multidisciplinary approach to diagnose and treat cardiac and vascular disease, including cardiac catheterization, coronary artery stenting, emergent angioplasty, acute heart attack treatments, non-invasive cardiac testing, endovascular and vascular care, non-invasive vascular tests, endovascular aortic aneurysm repair, treatment for leg pain and peripheral vascular disease (PVD), blood clot treatment and vascular surgery.

To find out more about the second annual Stride for Health walk, to register as a walker, virtual walker, volunteer or sponsor, visit www.hallmarkhealth.org. Show your support for Hallmark Health and register today.

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Hallmark Health System is the premier, charitable provider of vital health services to Boston's northern communities. The system includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford; Melrose Wakefield Hospital, Melrose; Hallmark Health Cancer Center, Stoneham; The CHEM Center for MRI, Stoneham; Hallmark Health Medical Center, Reading; Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice, Malden; Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing and Radiography Programs, Medford; and Ell Pond Medical Associates. Hallmark Health is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital for cardiology and Tufts Medical Center for neonatology.


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