Heart Chase Raises Money for American Heart Association

By: Morgan Demmel Email
By: Morgan Demmel Email

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A new event is combining technology with athleticism to raise money and awareness for the United States' leading cause of death- heart disease.

Heart Chase is a cross between the popular TV shows Minute to Win It and the Amazing Race.

"We've got ten checkpoints across the university campus here at the University of Nebraska-Kearney," event organizer and Good Samaritan Hospital representative Rob Cunningham says.

Teams have to show their speed and athleticism in various challenges, and can stay on track using the latest technology.

"They're heading around, using their smart phones, downloading apps and getting points to hopefully win the Heart Chase," Cunningham says.

Event volunteer Lisa Bolin says the teams have been receptive to the smart phone applications, and are having fun as well.

But it's about more than just fun. The event is raising money and awareness for the American Heart Association.

Heart Chase participant Jael Roschewski says it's been a great event to participate in.

"There are heart health issues in my family, so it's good to support a worthy cause," Roschewski says.

Cunningham says the fund raising process is going very well.

"We've raised an excess of $25,000 for this event alone," Cunningham says.

And for the first event of its kind, organizers are happy with those results.

"This is the first time that the Heart Chase has been done, it was new to us, it was new to the American Heart Association," Cunningham says. "We had some lofty goals to get 30 to 40 teams, and we exceeded that goal so we're very happy with that."

Bolin says it's a great opportunity to educate people in the community on the risks of heart disease and how to prevent it.

"It's really important to get out to the community how much heart health affects us, and staying healthy, staying active, is very important to your well-being," Bolin says.

Kearney is the first city in Nebraska and one of only 22 cities nationwide to host a Heart Chase event.

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