Many in the Baylor community laced up their running (or walking!) shoes recently for good causes. Baylor teams participated in events last month that raised awareness and support for autism, heart health, Alzheimer’s disease and colon cancer. For those who didn’t walk, there is still the opportunity to lend support to these causes by donating online.
This annual event raised awareness and support for autism, with proceeds benefiting Autism Speaks and Avondale House. It honors the memory of Alex Jamrich, son of Baylor faculty member Milan Jamrich. Many members of the Baylor family participated in the family-friendly event, held Nov. 5 at MacGregor Park in southeast Houston. Winner of the Kids 1K was Aurelia Bissig, daughter of Baylor faculty members Karl Bissig and Beatrice Bissig-Choisat.
The annual Heart Walk was held Nov. 5 in the Texas Medical Center. The Baylor team, the Ace of Hearts, was a partnership of Baylor’s Cardiovascular Research Institute and BCM BeWell program and raised more than $3,400 to support cardiovascular and stroke research and other programs. As part of its efforts to raise money and support, the team even held a mini golf event in Rayzor Lounge prior to the walk!
The Baylor Memory Walkers were strong supports of the event, held Nov. 5 on the University of Houston campus. The event raised more than $23,000 for Alzheimer’s programs, and the Baylor team was the third-largest fundraiser in Houston and tops in the Texas Medical Center. More than 70 walkers joined the Baylor team, captained by Dr. Mark Kunik!
This 5K run/walk raised more than $30,000 for the Colon Cancer Coalition, with strong support from the Baylor Booty Shakers, the College’s team captained by Allison Rosen, a colon cancer survivor who works in the Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine Center, and Dr. Benjamin Musher, associate professor of medicine – hematology/oncology. Baylor and the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center as well as CHI St. Luke’s were among the presenting sponsors of the event, held Nov. 19 on the McNair campus.