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BAPS Charities walks for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

By Mahadev Desai
October 2011
BAPS Charities walks for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Photo: Check is presented to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta representative, Alison Bounds.

For 89-year-old Tarulata Shah, doing her part for the community meant raising awareness for children’s health. Holding a cane in one hand and her son’s arm in the other, Mrs. Shah truly exemplified the spirit of service as she finally crossed the finish line of the 5K BAPS Charities Walk 2011.

“I like to walk,” she said. “We all know that it is good for your health. But today, we are walking to bring attention to two great charities, BAPS Charities and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.”

Mrs. Shah was one of hundreds of community volunteers who participated in the BAPS Charities’ annual walkathon held in Lilburn on Sunday, September 18, 2011. In keeping with its theme, “Building a Better Community, One Step at a Time”, the proceeds from this year’s walk will go to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA).

With each step, participants of all ages joined hands and raised funds to build awareness for children’s health issues.

“Walking for such a noble cause is a great honor,” said Anand Mehta, Vice President of BAPS Charities. “[It brings] together old and young to serve the community. It is amazing to see such energy from 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 and to display the spirit of service,” said Dr. Jigar Patel, BAPS Charities spokesperson. “Just look at Mrs. Tarulata Shah’s example.”

“It’s wonderful to see your community and so many diverse communities supporting our pediatric hospital,” said Ms. Alison Bounds, Fundraising Committee Board Member. “This type of fundraising is vital to meeting the needs of our kids.”

CHOA, or ‘Children’s,’ provides medical care, research, 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 top children’s hospitals by Parents magazine and U.S. News & World Report. With generous philanthropic and volunteer support, Children’s has made an impact in the lives of children in Georgia, the United States and throughout the world.

BAPS Charities has had a long-standing partnership with CHOA, and also hosts medical fairs, education and career development seminars, blood drives and more. This walk was one of over 40 similar BAPS walks across North America.

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