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This Year’s Austin Heart & Stroke Walk is a Walk Down Memory Lane

10 years of supporting the American Heart Association

This Year’s Austin Heart & Stroke Walk is a Walk Down Memory Lane

“Life is why we walk.” Each year, the Austin community comes together to participate in American Heart Association’s Heart & Stroke Walk—a three-mile walk (or 5K run) through Butler Park and along the Colorado River. Family and friends from all different walks of life help contribute to the event, whether they or a loved one has been affected by heart disease, or they simply love to have fun while supporting a meaningful cause.

The Austin Heart & Stroke Walk is important to many Planview employees on a personal level. Rhonda Tignor, a Senior Consultant at Planview, shares her story: “I started working at Planview in 2012 and have participated in the event every year since. My mother, Fay Russ, suffered from a hereditary heart condition for several years, and she passed away just before Christmas of 2008 because of a heart attack. I have six brothers and sisters, and I was the lucky one to inherit the heart condition. But through research, medication, and advances through organizations like the American Heart Association, I was able to find this condition early and prevent any long-term damage to my heart.”

Fundraising events such as this one makes research possible to help people just like Rhonda. I am especially excited to participate this year, as it is Planview’s 10th consecutive year of contributing to the cause! Let’s look back on the previous 10 years by taking a walk down memory lane.

Planview’s Footprint on the Heart & Stroke Walk Map

Planview began participating in the Heart Walk in 2008, after a former executive suffered a massive heart attack. A tradition was born.

In 2008, and every year since, Planview employees and their families (and dogs, too) meet up at the company headquarters for a picture before setting out for the scenic three-mile walk. We take pride in knowing that the money raised by Planview employees for the Heart & Stroke Walk is supporting an incredible cause, and we have far surpassed our company goal in eight of the ten years of participation.

Last year, Planview had more than 60 participants and raised more than $7,500 for the American Heart Association, and we have far surpassed that number for 2017.

In the fun-loving spirit of the Heart & Stroke Walk, we also hold our own fundraiser, which is a big hit with employees. Planview executives line up to get a pie-in-the-face, depending on which ones received the most votes in monetary donations. Take a look at some of this year’s “sweet” pictures below.

The Heart & Stroke Walk prides itself in being a fun-loving and family friendly event, filled with many familiar faces from around the Austin community. Come walk with us on Oct. 21, or donate to the cause online. Take it from Rhonda Tignor, “every little bit helps in making a difference to find a cure for Heart disease.” Planview has currently raised over $9,100, and we’re not through yet. Check back for updates after the event.

Why do we walk? Life, of course, and together, we can make Austin healthier and help people live longer lives. Share your story of participating in the event below.

Update: We had a great time at the 2017 Heart & Stroke walk. Planview had 85 participants and raised a grand total of $16,500 for the American Heart Association. Check out some pictures from the event below. We will see you next year!

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Jane Kovacs is a geek-loving, button-pushing public relations professional who loves shiny, new ideas. She brings more than 20 years’ experience to her role as global PR manager at Planview. Her background includes communication roles at Pennzoil, EDS, AMD, FleishmanHillard, and 3M. She is passionate about making companies and the technologies they engineer more accessible through shared stories. Jane graduated of The University of Texas at Austin with a master of arts in communication and a bachelor of journalism.