In a room filled with corporate sponsors, community donors, and heart defect survivors, ConnectYourCare was honored with a Bronze Achievement Award for the company’s contributions towards the 2017 Greater Maryland Heart Walk. The Bronze Achievement Award recognizes companies that raise between $1,000 and $5,000 for the event.
More than 25 volunteers consisting of CYC employees and their families participated in the walk that was held on October 2017 in downtown Baltimore. On behalf of CYC, team captain Jennifer Hervy accepted the award for the company during an awards breakfast held this morning at the L’Hirondelle Club in Towson. Various levels of corporate, community and individual contributions to the Heart Walk were celebrated. “The experience working with the American Heart Association has been rewarding both for me personally and for our employees, many of whom know someone affected by heart disease,” said Jennifer Hervy. “We are already talking about additional ways for CYC to raise funds for the 2018 Greater Maryland Heart Walk.”
The 2017 Greater Maryland Heart Walk raised over $1 million dollars last year to support the American Heart Association. According to the AHA, nearly 1 in 100 babies are born with a heart defect. During the breakfast, we got to meet Jaeden, an 8-year-old who was born with Congestive Heart Failure with a Ventricular Septal Defect. Following a successful open-heart surgery at only 2 months old, Jaeden now is a healthy elementary school student with a very contagious smile. Meeting Jaeden (see photo below) and his family was a highlight of the event.
It was an honor to be recognized as a part of a very inspiring group of corporate and individual leaders who are committed to promoting healthy lifestyles in our local community. However, this pales in comparison to the rewarding feeling of making a difference in the health of our community and seeing the impact of our efforts.
If you would like to get more information about the American Heart Association, please contact the Maryland chapter at (410) 685-7074 or their national office at 1-800-AHA-USA-1.