In a ceremony held at Kent General Hospital, Dan Green, American Heart Association Delaware Heart Walk Director, recognized Bayhealth as the top fundraiser in Southern Delaware. Bayhealth’s total contribution, close to $30,000, will support research and education in the fight against heart disease and stroke.
For Tom Pribanic, a volunteer at the Bayhealth Cancer Center, Kent General, the Southern Delaware Heart Walk is significant on a personal level. After losing his mother to heart disease, Pribanic helped his father, John Pribanic, Sr., recover from two serious falls that resulted in hip surgery. Pribanic attributes his father’s longevity to Bayhealth and the American Heart Association.
“My father was able to avoid pacemaker surgery with an aggressive regimen of exercise and therapeutic monitoring,” Pribanic said. “He swam three times a week until his 100th birthday. Supporting the Heart Walk is our way of giving back.”
For the last five years, John Pribanic, 103, has served as Honorary Walk Marshal. Participants will often hear him cheering his personal mantra, “Keep moving!”
The AHA’s annual Heart Walks have a dual focus: to motivate communities to take steps towards healthier lives through exercise, and to raise money to support the AHA’s battle against cardiovascular disease, the #1 cause of death in the United States.
Sheri Minear, ACSM-HFI, ACE-CPT, Site Supervisor at Bayhealth’s Lifestyles Fitness Center and Bayhealth Company Chairperson for the Southern Delaware Heart Walks, accepted the award on behalf of Bayhealth. 2012 marked the fourteenth year Bayhealth has received the award.