VERSAILLES — Midmark Corporation has partnered with Wayne HealthCare Foundation, Rocketship Sports Management and the Winery at Versailles to host “4 Miles of Heart and Health,” Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to noon in Versailles.
The walk will honor the late Bob Menke, a Midmark employee who died in 2015 from undiagnosed heart disease, despite his living a healthy lifestyle and having no family history of heart disease. He was 38.
The event will raise awareness and funds for accessible heart disease tests and is open to the public. Registration closes Oct. 14. The fee is $40. To register, visit runsignup.com/race/OH/Versailles/4milesforheartandhealth.
Organizers hope to increase community accessibility to coronary calcium scans, which are available at most hospitals. The test identifies calcification and plaque build-up in coronary arteries, helping to identify potential heart disease complications.
Participants will walk, jog or run four miles from Midmark’s Versailles offices, 60 Vista Drive, to the Winery at Versailles.
Mitch Eiting, global community relations manager at Midmark, said he believes the event will encourage community members to promote preventative heart care and discuss screenings with their doctors.
“Supporting healthy lifestyles for our teammates, their families and our communities has long been a core value of Midmark,” said Eiting. “We are pleased to help educate the community about heart health while honoring Bob’s legacy.
Wayne HealthCare will distibute information about self-directed testing and vascular screenings.
“Vascular screenings can help identify risks that could lead to a stroke or heart attack, and prevention education is a large part of our community health initiatives,” said Lauren Henry, director of Wayne HealthCare Foundation.