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ECU Senators Walk for Heart

A group of East Carolina University staff members will walk for the heart Oct. 11, as part of this year’s Down East Heart Walk.

About 25 employees, many of them involved with ECU’s Staff Senate, have registered for the American Heart Association event to be held at Greensprings Park in Greenville. They hope to raise $2,400 to contribute to research and education on heart disease and strokes.

This marks the third year the Staff Senate has spearheaded ECU’s involvement in the walk. “The biggest goal for us is to raise awareness of what a critical issue heart disease is,” said Paula Daughtry, chair of the Staff Senate.

Heart disease and stroke rank as the nation’s number one and number three killers, claiming more than 91,000 American lives each year, according to the American Heart Association. The disease is prevalent in this part of the country.

ECU employees can sign up to walk or contribute funds to the cause by visiting the web site, Daughtry will also take checks made out to the American Heart Association.

The event raises awareness about the Staff Senate while fulfilling its mission of serving the community, Daughtry said. “It helps ECU, and it helps our community,” she said.

The Staff Senate, which represents all university employees except faculty members, meets monthly. The next meeting will be held Oct. 16, at 2:30 p.m., in Mendenhall Student Center.

For more information, contact Paula Daughtry by phone, 744-2266, or e-mail,

This page originally appeared in the Oct. 3, 2008 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at