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Heart & Sole Donors Take Another Step Forward For Community Kids!

November 04, 2009
The St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation is making another contribution toward bettering the health of our community kids! At 4 pm on Wednesday November 4, 2009, at the Billings YMCA– The St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation will present a $7,500 check to the Billings YMCA Strong Kids – Youth Support Campaign. This funding will provide scholarships for children otherwise unable to access the great variety of YMCA programs aimed at keeping our community’s children active and fit. On June 13th, 2009 the St. Vincent Healthcare Heart & Sole event celebrated 30 years. For the first time ever the Heart & Sole Event exceeded 2000 entries with nearly 2500 runners, walkers and participants enjoying the event. This year 907 people entered the Heart & Sole for the first time ever—an indicator that fitness in the Billings region is alive and well. Proceeds from the annual Heart & Sole Run/Walk serve two important community missions: to provide scholarships for people with serious heart or lung problems who need supervised exercise programs but can’t afford them and scholarships for youth to take part in the Billings YMCA Strong Kids – Youth Support Campaign. The YMCA Strong Kids - Youth Support Campaign is an effort to ensure that everyone in our community can participate in the YMCA regardless of the ability to pay. Not everyone in our community can afford the programs that the YMCA offers. It is our goal to ensure that no one is turned away from the YMCA due to the inability to pay. Funds in the Strong Kids - Youth Support Campaign help members and non-members of the YMCA afford programs by offering financial assistance. At times of community need, the YMCA plays an even more critical role. "The YMCA is thankful to have a wonderful partner such as St. Vincent Healthcare,” says YMCA Chief Executive Officer, Paul Manning. “We are alike in our desire to improve the health of our community and what better way to do that then to get people started and keep them active!" St. Vincent Healthcare Heart & Sole Committed and New Partners: Wells Fargo Bank has been a committed heart healthy community partner in the Heart & Sole for the last 30 years. St. Vincent “Fit Together” Partner - the Billings YMCA joined in the effort in 2008 and this year Kohls joined the race and the movement to get our community kids moving! These tremendous community partnerships are truly valuable as St. Vincent Healthcare works to fulfill its mission of improving the health of the communities in which it serves.