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Heart Walk: True Stories. True Success.

On October 15, 2011, Mike Oates experienced a plaque rupture while in the midst of training for a half marathon. In just 66 minutes, he went from lying on the ground without a pulse to leaving surgery with the rest of his life ahead of him.

Last year, the American Heart Association gave more than $7 million to GRU in research funding, making us eighth in the nation – and, more importantly, helping us to save lives like that of Mike Oates. The Heart Walk gives us the chance to give back to AHA. Click here for information on the Heart Walk and fundraising events, as well as to buy the official shirt, register a team, and submit a fundraising event concept.

Contact name: Anna Aligood
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Contact phone number: 706-721-8484


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