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Local Steve Cullen Healthy Heart Run/Walk to benefit research at MCW Cardiovascular Center

Milwaukee, Jan. 29, 2018 – The 22nd Annual Steve Cullen Healthy Heart Club Run & Walk will be held on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 10:00 am at Wil-O-Way Recreation Center, 10602 Underwood Parkway in Wauwatosa. The event supports heart and blood vessel research at the Cardiovascular Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), where more than 130 faculty physicians and research scientists study the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. From discovery science to patient care, these funds have supported cardiovascular research and scholarship including recent studies to improve the diagnosis of children with heart disease, to transform cardiac surgery by printing patient-specific 3D models of hearts and to discover new genetic risk factors and therapies for cardiovascular disease.

The Cullen Run/Walk is an eight-kilometer run, and a two-mile fun run/walk along the scenic Underwood Parkway in Wauwatosa. Sponsored by the Cullen family and the Badgerland Striders, the event includes Cullen Family & Friends Chili, refreshments, food, an awards ceremony and live music for the entire family. Participants who register by Jan. 31 will receive a dry-weave tech running shirt.

For those wishing to participate but want to avoid cold temperatures, an indoor option also is available through the Wisconsin Athletic Club in Wauwatosa.

The event is held in memory of Steve Cullen, a former Milwaukee alderman, who died in 1995 at age 40 of sudden cardiac arrhythmia. His father, at age 41, and two brothers, ages 53 and 51, also died of heart disease. The Cullen Run/Walk has grown in attendance by more than 500 percent since its inception, encouraging heart-healthy lifestyles for all participants, their families and friends. The event has raised more than $415,000 for cardiovascular research and awareness.

Registration is available online, by mail or in person. Registration is $30 for individuals and $100 for families of four through Jan. 31, after which the cost is $35 for individuals and $125 for families. Online registration closes Feb. 7.

For more information and to register for the event, visit the Cullen Run website.

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