Each year, organizations like The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation participate in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community. The Walk raises funds donated by these orgs and supporting individuals for key missions. The totality of the donations go directly back to the donors in the form of a community resource.
This year, like the last, will be a virtual fundraiser in the safety interest of the participants and volunteers. Participants may take a walk in the park, stroll with the dog around the block, or jog on the treadmill! Registration is open to walkers now until July 15th with prize winners to be announced later that week. Win a Highmark Walk T-shirt for a $30 donation and a chance to win the Raffle at $50. Winners announced on the Highmark Walk Facebook Page the week of July 19 will receive their prizes by mail.
“This cause is very near and dear to our hearts,” said Lisa Vaca, last year’s AED winner, “as our father was saved in 2017 when he suffered a SCA just before getting into bed. Thankfully my sister heard the boom from his fall, acted quickly and started CPR on him until EMTs arrived and shocked him three times with the AED. After nine scary days (for us) in the ICU, they were able to take him off sedation, and start therapy, and we are all lucky enough to have more time with him. Since then, we’ve shared so many happy memories and now we all completed this 5K together with many other supportive family and friends supporting virtually!”
In 2020, the Walk raised over $900,000, and over 250 local health and human service organizations benefitted. If your nonprofit is local to one of the participating areas you may complete the online application.