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UNT football’s stadium, coach highlight walk to cure heart disease

UNT football’s stadium, coach highlight walk to cure heart disease

UNT football’s stadium, coach highlight walk to cure heart disease
September 15
23:42 2014

Olivia Sylvain / Staff Writer

On Saturday, the American Heart Association hosted the Denton Heart Walk at Apogee Stadium to raise funds for cardiovascular disease research.

More than 50 groups of Denton community members, UNT students, and local businesses came together to participate in the walk. Biology junior Veena Devaraju put together a team of friends and peers from UNT Medically Dedicated Students Organization to raise money and join the walk.

“We’re supporting survivors and promoting a healthy lifestyle,” Devaraju said. “It’s great to give back to the community and keep up with what’s going on in the health field.”

Cardiovascular diseases such as heart failure, heart attack, and stroke impact many Americans each year. Organizations like the American Heart Association work to improve treatments for these conditions and find cures.

Dan McCarney, head coach for UNT’s football team, was the honorary chairman of the walk this year. He and his team raised $5,550 for AHA. McCarney was inspired to raise money toward research for cardiovascular diseases due to his personal experiences with heart conditions.

“I’m honored to be the honorary chairman for the Denton Heart Walk,” McCarney said. “I had a major stroke and quadruple bypass within 14 months. The care and response I received saved my quality of life. In some small way I have tried to bring more awareness to these health issues that are killing our moms, dads, brothers, and sisters.”

North Texas Arrhythmia is an organization that also participated in the walk. Although their clinic doesn’t treat general heart disease, Anna Brown of NTA said they wanted to support all community members affected by heart conditions. Joining the walk and raising money was part of advocating for their patients.

“We love our patients and we want to support them in any way we can. We want to increase community and patient awareness about these conditions.” Brown said.

Featured Photo: Dentonites of all ages come out in droves for the Denton Heart Walk on Saturday at Apogee Stadium. Photo by Dillon Jones – Staff Photographer

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