Perman Lunches with Top Fundraisers
As the top three University fundraisers of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Heart and Stroke Walk, Jocelyn Farrar, DNP, CCRN, ACNP-BC, assistant professor, School of Nursing, who raised $1,200; Marjorie Forster, assistant vice president, research and global health initiatives,who raised $910; and Andrea Meredith, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Physiology, School of Medicine, who raised $680, enjoyed a catered lunch with President Jay A. Perman, MD.
Perman was a true advocate of the University’s participation in the AHA’s event on Oct. 20. “I am tremendously proud of my University of Maryland colleagues who raised money, walked, and supported the American Heart Association,” says Perman. “The energy and notable fundraising efforts of Jocelyn, Marjorie, and Andrea further my pride in the accomplishments and commitment members of the University demonstrate to our community-at-large. Clearly, that can be seen through the donations these three employees were able to make to the AHA to help in the fight against heart disease and stroke. Their personal stories and a willingness to help others compelled them to make a difference.”
Farrar raised money in honor of her granddaughter Audrey with an emphasis on considering future-born children who might benefit from similar results of her fundraising efforts. “After my granddaughter’s surgery, I realized some wonderful volunteers helped raise money for the AHA, which resulted in the lifesaving techniques that corrected Audrey’s life-threatening heart condition,” says Farrar.
“I hope the money we raised will result in the funding of significant research and the development of new procedures, which will save the lives of future children.”
Perman agrees that making a difference is “a large part of what this University is all about. It’s incredible that we raised $66,000 in our first year of participation, which shows our level of dedication and passion,” says Perman. “I’d like to extend a big thank you to our top fundraisers, and, again, to all of UM’s generous Heart and Stroke Walk fundraisers and participants.”