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Start of the 5K RaceOn Saturday, April 14, Angel Medical Center’s Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehabilitation held the 2nd Macon Your Heart Beat 5K Walk/Run at the Little Tennessee Tassee Park. More than 175 participants came out and took part in either the one-mile walk/run or the 5K walk/run raising close to $8,500. The proceeds benefit those in the community who, without financial assistance, could not pay for rehab that is beneficial to a full recovery. While most insurance plans recognize and pay for 80 percent or more of the charges incurred by the program, many patients do not have full coverage, and sometimes don’t have coverage at all.

Jeffery Howard, Overall 5K Winner“Rehab is an underserved program in that nationally only 1/3 of those having a life threatening event enter a rehab program,” said Dr. Kit Helm, the Medical Director of the Program. “This is true often because the patient feels they can’t afford to participate after just amassing a hefty hospital and doctors’ bill. We hope to be able to offset some of the expense for those who need it and will benefit from rehab by this and other fund raising events throughout the year.”

The overall winners were:

Jeffery Howard, 17:52.8
Jesse Urban, 21:24.2
Benjamin Lantzer, 21:46.9

Melanie Jones, 22:4.8
Kimberly Morgan, 24:58.5
Ayland Meyers (age11),

Top finishers by age group:

Female 19 and under
Zoe Stanley, 31:22.9

Male 19 an under
Gavin Morgan, 25:56.7

Female 20 to 29
Cara Smith, 26:31.3

Male 20 to 29
Dillon Wadewitz, 26:52.l

Female 30 to 39
Janna Wise, 26:04.8

Male 30 to 39
Brad Watkins, 30:34.0

Female 40 to 49
Sonya Shook, 25:58.6

Male 40 to 49
Robert Hilton, 22:11.9

Female 50 to 59
Jane Beck, 31:22.2

Male 50 to 59
Robert Barnable, 30:34.6

Female 60 and over
Molly Gray 25:59.3

Male 60 and over
Dick Gray, 39:34.5

Tom Forkner, Director for AMC Cardiac Pulmonary Rehab, was especially proud of the 11 cardiac rehab patients who came and walked in the event. He promises that next year will be even better.

For more information about the Cardiac Rehab program, contact Tom Forkner at 349-8290.


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