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Triangle Heart Walk brings in $815,000

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The 2007 Triangle Heart Walk, held December 5, raised more than $815,000 for the American Heart Association’s fight against heart disease and stroke.

Van Blalock, a clinical pharmacist at Duke University Medical Center, was crowned “Top Walker” this year, raising more than $4,600 for the effort in memory of two friends who died this year of heart disease.

The “Top Team” also hails from Duke, with the Duke Medicine team raising more than $145,000, and earning a place in the books as the first organization to break the $100,000 barrier for the event.

WakeMed Health and Hospitals came in second place, raising almost $50,000, followed by Quintiles, which raised more than $37,000.

The 2007 Walk was chaired by Dr. Victor J. Dzau, chancellor for health affairs and chairman and CEO of Duke University Health System.

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