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Annual Heart & Stroke Walk Draws UTSD Walkers

Friday, November 22, 2013 - 12:47pm

The Hearty Smile Walkers gather at the starting line of the 2013 Houston Heart & Stroke Walk Nov. 14. From left are Suzette Soca, Mary Lou Arvizu, Marina Munoz, Maria Luisa Arvizu, Liliana Arvizu, Elma Gallardo, Team Captain Nancy Frias, Sally Service, Maria Rodriguez, Tan Ngo, Sarah Cox, Inga Leon, Skyler Jones, Jennifer Ward and Heather Ellis.

The Hearty Smile Walkers gather at the starting line of the 2013 Houston Heart & Stroke Walk Nov. 16. From left are Suzette Soca, Mary Lou Arvizu, Marina Munoz, Maria Luisa Arvizu, Liliana Arvizu, Elma Gallardo, Team Captain Nancy Frias, Sally Service, Maria Rodriguez, Tan Ngo, Sarah Cox, Inga Leon, Skyler Jones, Jennifer Ward and Heather Ellis.

Faculty, staff and students of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Dentistry – along with their friends and family members – carried on their tradition of participating in the American Heart Association’s 2013 Houston Heart & Stroke Walk Nov. 16 at Reliant Park.  

UT School of Dentistry Drill Team, led by Team Captain Mamie Ellis, recruited 16 walkers and has raised nearly $4,000, with donations still coming in. The Hearty Smile Walkers, sponsored by F&F Fabrication and led by Team Captain Nancy Frias, recruited 44 walkers and has raised $750 so far.  

The annual 5K walk “celebrates those who have made lifestyle changes and encourages many more to take the pledge to live healthier lifestyles while raising the dollars needed to fund life-saving research and initiatives in our local community,” according to the group’s website.  Total donations from this year’s event have topped $2.7 million so far.

The UT School of Dentistry Drill Team has raised nearly $4,000 so far. From left are Regina Stephens, Victoria Rodriguez, Kehlan Williams, Veronica Hare, Kaelan Williams, Sylvia Rodriguez, Pam Washington, Dr. Sheila Koh, Team Captain Mamie Ellis and Rhonda.

The UT School of Dentistry Drill Team has raised nearly $4,000 so far. From left are Regina Stephens, Victoria Rodriguez, Kehlan Williams, Veronica Hare, Kaelan Williams, Sylvia Rodriguez, Pam Washington, Dr. Sheila Koh, Team Captain Mamie Ellis and Rhonda Tripeaux.