The American Heart Association announced today that UNCG Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. will serve as chairman for the 2018 Greater Guilford Heart & Stroke Walk. The event will be held on UNCG’s campus May 19.

The event strives to reach 5,000 walkers and raise $500,000 to fund heart disease and stroke research and prevention education this year.

“We are extremely honored to have Chancellor Gilliam lead the Guilford Heart & Stroke Walk this year,” said Garet Beane, development director for the American Heart Association’s Guilford Heart & Stroke Walk. “It takes strong dedicated community leaders to truly create a culture of health. Together with UNC Greensboro and Chancellor Gilliam, I am excited about the impact that we can have on heart disease and stroke in Guilford County.”

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of both men and women in the United States. Stroke is a leading cause of permanent disability in the nation. In Guilford County, diseases of the heart are the second leading causes of death and stroke is the third cause of death.

“Playing a central role in the Guilford Heart & Stroke Walk’s campaign this year is a natural fit for our university,” Gilliam said. “Health and wellness is one of the primary areas of focus for UNC Greensboro in our recently issued 5-year strategic plan – and that means promoting, protecting and advancing health and wellness across our campus, across our university community and throughout this region are important to us. When we invest our time and efforts into the health and wellness of our community, it becomes a place that draws students to our campus and encourages our graduates to stay in Guilford County to work and raise their families. This results in a more energetic, vibrant, prosperous and thriving community.”

For more information, visit www.guilfordheartwalk.org.

 

Photography by Martin W. Kane, University Communications