Rhythm Run 5K and Memorial Heart Walk 11/2/13
CBS 7 News
November 2, 2013
People of all ages braved the chilly temperatures this morning, all for a good cause.
Today was the second year Midland Memorial Hospital hosted a Memorial Heart Walk to raise money for their heart program but, they also added the 5K Rhythm Run to draw in even more support from the community all to promote heart health.
Runners and walkers made their way through neighborhoods surrounding the Midland Memorial Hospital West Campus for the Rhythm Run and Memorial Heart Walk.
But the rhythm at today's race had little to do with the music; it was about the heart.
About 150 runners competed in today's race.
MMH’s Heart Institute created a foundation last year in memory of Dr. Joseph Suckarieh, a cardiothoracic surgeon who started his practice in Midland in 1986 and also founded the Heart Program at the hospital.
Dr. Suckarieh passed away in 2009.
"He was very good at what he did and touched a lot of lives," says Heart Institute Manager Emily Huggins.
Now his memory is honored by the Heart Institute Foundation.
"The majority of the money goes into a fund where we can assist cardiovascular patients in the Permian Basin. Recently we bought scales for heart failure patients to help them better manage their disease," says Huggins.
So far, the foundation has raised over 36 thousand dollars this year to help cardiovascular patients at Midland Memorial.
Given the success of today's event Huggins says the Heart Institute plans to continue this new tradition and continue remembering the life and work of Dr. Suckarieh.