5K Race Raises Awareness and Funds for HeartAware Program

5K Race Raises Awareness and Funds for HeartAware Program

5K Race Raises Awareness and Funds for HeartAware Program

Friday, June 13, 2014 may have been hot and humid but that did not stop hundreds of runners and walkers from coming to Oregon Ridge Park to be part of the first Beats for BJ, a 5K Family Fun Run. The purpose of the event was twofold – to honor BJ Land who unknowingly suffered from coronary artery disease, a silent killer that can be asymptomatic. Tragically, BJ died of a heart attack in 2012 at age 52. Additionally, Beats for BJ increased awareness of UM St. Joseph Medical Center's Heart Aware initiative that consists of a free online test to gauge the risk of heart disease.

If indicated, a follow up CT scan with calcium scoring is performed. The test takes only a few minutes and results are reviewed immediately. Cardiac calcium scoring helps screen for heart disease in its early, often silent, stages. UM St. Joseph Medical Center, which sponsored Beats for BJ, provided free blood pressure screenings and information about Heart Aware and cardiovascular fitness. Many staff members of our Heart Institute ran in the event, as well. BJ's wife, June, said "BJ was defined by his warm relationships and empathy for others. We believe that by saving lives we are creating a powerful legacy of his remarkable life."

5K Race Raises Awareness and Funds for HeartAware Program 5K Race Raises Awareness and Funds for HeartAware Program

5K Race Raises Awareness and Funds for HeartAware Program 5K Race Raises Awareness and Funds for HeartAware Program