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HeartBrothers 1st Annual Virtual 5K+ Run/Walk
Sunday 12:00 AM - Tuesday 11:55 PM EDT
We will be sharing a message from our Co-Founder Pat Sullivan on Saturday, May 13. Check back here and on social media to hear his message!
Tie on your sneakers and help raise funds for hearts in need by joining the HeartBrothers 1st Annual Virtual 5K+ Run/Walk. Grab your friends and family, register to walk/run for just $30, start your fundraising, get out your favorite fitness app to track your distance, and share the thrill of “crossing the finish line” with hundreds of virtual participants! Whether you want to run, jog, or walk, this event caters to all abilities. Registrants have a full week--Sunday, May 7 through Saturday, May 13--to complete the 5K (3.1 Mile) distance in any location of your choosing. Use any tracking device of your choice to submit your distance. Questions about the event? Visit heartbrothers.org/runwalk for a full FAQ section and myriad downloadable materials for how to register as a fundraiser, create/join a team, raise money, submit your final distance & more!
If you would still like to make a donation to the HeartBrothers Foundation, we absolutely welcome it and thank you for your generosity. Please go to heartbrothers.org/donate and we'll have updates on the 2024 RunWalk soon!
A: Please take a screenshot with your smartphone of the distance you tracked using one of the apps listed above (or another of your choosing) and share it to social media using the hashtags #heartbrothers5K & #heartfailureawareness to officially "cross the finish line". We'd also love for you to send us any photos you take "out on the course" while you're completing your mileage & email them to [email protected].
We've set a fundraising goal of $50,000 so we can raise the level of assistance we provide Heart Failure patients. How will we reach that goal? Each individual runner/walker has a minimum fundraising requirement of $280 (including the $30 registration fee). This is the equivalent of 10 friends or family members each supporting you with a $25 donation...which we think is an achievable goal! (If you're part of a Team, simply multiply $280 by the # of runners/walkers on your Team.)
Please visit heartbrothers.org/runwalk for a full FAQ section and myriad downloadable materials for how to register as a fundraiser, create/join a team, raise money, submit your final distance to "cross the finish line" & more!
Our co-founders Pat Sullivan & Bob Romer met during yearlong hospital stays on LVADs, vowing that if their heart matches came up—and if their bodies could endure the wait, procedure, and recovery—they would start a nonprofit foundation to create the financial, educational, and emotional support system surprisingly lacking yet so desperately needed by Heart Failure patients and their families.
The HeartBrothers Foundation launched in September 2014 and has expanded its reach to include work 40+ hospitals, with 80+ volunteer ambassadors, and virtual programming accessible to all.
We are now a living, breathing Heart Failure support network in every sense of those words—and our determination to improve and expand only grows stronger every day.
At this very moment, 6.2 million Americans have Heart Failure and 3,500 are waiting for a heart transplant. The typical wait for a new heart is six months or more. Many patients spend much of that time hospitalized with an LVAD. Their loved ones travel back and forth—often over great distances—to support them and oversee their care. Pre-COVID, about 10% survived the wait and received a matching heart.
No matter the outcome, in the wake of this emotional and physical rollercoaster, families are devastated by the experience and its crushing debt. At the HeartBrothers Foundation, we know this nightmare first-hand: we are Heart Failure and heart transplant survivors.