17th Annual Turkey Trot

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17th Annual Turkey Trot  

The NCMC Foundation, along with the CardioVascular Institute of North Colorado at NCMC hosted the 17th Annual Turkey Trot, presented by Noble Energy on Thanksgiving Day, November 27.  Nearly 3,600 registrants participated in this year’s event, which is one of the largest Turkey Trot events on Thanksgiving Day in Northern Colorado!  Over $50,000 net proceeds will be utilized to assist Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation patients. A big thank you to the over 200 volunteers that are needed to make the event so successful!

The dedicated members of the committee that made the event so successful are:  Nicole Alessi, Paul Bakes, Mary Branom, Allison Bruce – Miller, Susan Bush, Kathy Foy, Linda Hepperle, Kathy Hope, Chris Kiser, Juan Leal, Clinton May, Tasiah Martinez, Kathy Miczulski, Dawn Olson, Lynne Parks, Wendy Polulech, Sarah Redl, Heather Schminke, Carol Smith and Diana Wood. As always, a special THANKS to Dan Dennie “The Voice of the Turkey Trot” for bringing the event to life and to Rolf Brende for his remarkable singing of the National Anthem!  For those employee volunteers that took time out of your holiday on Thanksgiving Day to make this event successful, we thank you!

The event has the fantastic support from MANY different departments within the hospital. I would like to extend a special thanks to the following departments for their support, dedication  and hard work:  Administration, Environmental Services, Food and Nutrition Services, NCMC Foundation, NCMC Security, North Colorado Family Medicine, Plant Services, Volunteer Services and Wellness Services.

Thanks to all that volunteered or participated in this year’s event!  Pictures from this year’s event can be viewed at https://ncdigitalworks.shutterfly.com/communityraces.

Heart disease is the number one cause of death for men and women in the United States.  It’s estimated that 80,000,000 American adults (1 in 3) have one or more types of cardiovascular disease.  Approximately every 25 seconds, a person will suffer a cardiac event; approximately every minute someone will die from one.  There are 195,000 silent heart attacks each year and the estimated average number of years of life lost to a heart attack is 15 years.

According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in the United States and also causes long-term disability.  The number of people who have COPD is on the rise with more than 12 million who are currently diagnosed.  It’s estimated another 12 million may have COPD and not realize it.  Lung disease affects more than just the lungs, but the entire body.  The brain, heart, muscles and all organs are affected by less oxygen.

For more information on the NCMC Cardiac or Pulmonary Rehabilitation program, please call 970-350-6204.

Check out pictures from the 2014 event! https://ncdigitalworks.shutterfly.com/communityraces