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Annual Walkathon benefits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

November 2010
Annual Walkathon benefits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta On Saturday, September 18, 2010 over 650 community volunteers participated in BAPS Charities’ annual walkathon at the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Lilburn. The 5-K walkathon’s theme is “Building a Better Community, One Step at a Time,” and this year’s proceeds go to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. With each step, participants of all ages joined together to raise funds to build awareness for children’s health and medical care.

“We are honored to walk for such a noble cause that will directly support the community that we call home,” said Anand Mehta, Vice President of BAPS Charities. “This is a unique opportunity BAPS Charities has to bring together old and young to serve the community. We’re humbled by the energy of all the volunteers that have come out to make today a tremendous success.”

“As friends and family came out to volunteer, there is no better way to foster unity within one’s community,” said Yogi Patel, a BAPS Charities volunteer from Lawrenceville. “This has been a walk that will have long-lasting effects.”

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) is a local organization that, like BAPS Charities, focuses on achieving excellence in research, healthcare, and education. Managing more than half a million patient visits annually at three hospitals and 16 neighborhood locations, it is one of the largest clinical care providers for children in the country, and is ranked among the best.

“If the patients at the hospital could see every one of you together behind them, they would be floored,” said Virginia Seawell, Vice President for Fundraising Development at CHOA, as she addressed the eager walkers at the beginning of the walk.

Grand sponsors were Milan Eye Center and Jon Lubow of Trader’s Edge. Dr Milan Patel of the Milan Eye Center addressed the walkers, “In a time where the current status of healthcare is in such flux and when there is so much concern regarding the availability and affordability of healthcare, it is very reassuring to know that there are organizations such as Children’s who aren’t allowing our most precious segment of the population to have to struggle without the benefits of modern medicine.” Representatives of both sponsors, along with BAPS Charities and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, cut the ribbon, marking the event’s traditional kickoff.

With over 46 centers participating in similar walks across North America, this is one of many initiatives that BAPS Charities takes to support local communities. Throughout the year, BAPS Charities hosts medical fairs, education and career development seminars, blood drives and more to improve the quality of life of individuals and families.

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