Runners of all
ages got their hearts pumping for
the second annual Go Red Heart 5K
Run & Walk Feb. 11.
Stephanie Carter, who works in the
Clinical Laboratory Services
Department, was prompted to start
the event after her mother, Robin
Seay, died from heart disease at
the age of 47. "I wanted to turn
the loss of my mother into
something positive, while trying
to inspire other women to become
more aware of their own heart
health," she said.
kills an estimated 630,000
Americans each year and is the
leading cause of death for men and
women, according to the American
Heart Association. Statistics also
show that heart disease kills more
women than all forms of cancer
combined. Carter is now an
advocate for awareness. "I was
unaware of the statistics of heart
disease prior to my mother's
death. She had no previous signs
of symptoms, so it was completely
unexpected," she said.
The Go Red
Heart 5K is co-chaired by Carter
and assistant professor Marian
Taylor, M.D., of the Division of
Cardiology in the Department of
Medicine. Taylor is also
determined to raise awareness
about cardiovascular disease.
"It's important to educate people
about the risk factors, and to let
them know the importance of
regular exercise," she said.
center, is joined by close
friends at the Go Red 5K Run
& Walk in memory of her
Harbor Resort and Marina at
Patriots Point has hosted the race
the past two years. MUSC and the
American Heart Association
cosponsor the race, and
contributions also have been made
by several local businesses.
All proceeds from the race go to
the MUSC Heart & Vascular
Center, the Women's Heart Care
Program and the American Heart
Association's Red for Women
campaign. The race raised $10,000
in 2011. There were about 400
registrants this year, and close
to 300 participated. In
celebration of National Heart
Health month (February), next
year's race will be Feb. 9.
her story and the race will
encourage people to take action to
try to prevent heart disease in
their own lives.
are very scary, but there is a
flipside. Heart disease is largely
preventable, and it helps to know
there is something you can do
about it," she said.
information about the 5K, visit http://www.muschealth.com/goredrun.