Caldwell Companies was pleased to partner with the American Heart Association to host the 2013 Northwest Harris County Heart Walk at Towne Lake on November 2nd. It was a beautiful Saturday morning as thousands of friends, families and supporters gathered at Lone Star College - Cy Fair Campus to kick off the event, followed by a 3-mile walk through Towne Lake, where many residents cheered the participants as they walked the community. The event has so far raised $167,500.
The combined Caldwell Companies / Towne Lake teams (which were made up of staff members and residents from various neighborhoods in Towne Lake) raised almost $12,000 and recruited over 175 team members to participate in the walk. This was the third year that Caldwell Companies has partnered with the American Heart Association to host the Northwest Harris County Heart Walk.
Statistics say we all know someone affected by heart disease. Did you know 1 in 3 Americans have some form of cardiovascular disease and that heart disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined? Those statistics can be changed and because of this, Heart Walks are held all over the country to raise awareness, raise funds, and help promote healthy lifestyle choices.
The event was especially personal for our own Laurie Stephens, who's been a member of the Caldwell Companies team for 7 years. Her family is one of the many that have dealt with heart issues in the past. She shares her experience below.
It was with joy and excitement that my family participated in the Heart Walk at Towne Lake on Saturday, November 2nd. The greatest joy was that my dad was able to make the walk with us after suffering a heart attack in December, 2004. After the heart attack it was determined that he would need stents - five stents. In July 2012 he went for his annual check-up and he didn't do well on his stress test. After a heart cath he was told that he would need triple by-pass surgery. On one of his follow-up visits from surgery it was discovered that one of his by-passes was blocked, in December another stent. My dad does not fit into any category of being at high risk for heart problems - thus the importance of having yearly physicals.
My family has thanked me for inviting them to participate in the Heart Walk and expressed that it was one of the best days our family has spent together in quite a while. Another awesome factor was the beautiful weather and they commented on the beauty and attractiveness of the neighborhood.
God has blessed us and we give Him all the glory that we were able to enjoy and participate in the Heart Walk, with dad right there with us.