HeartStrings Fundraiser February 6th, 2010

CrossFit Asheville is joining forces with the Buncombe County Medical Society for this year’s HeartStrings Fundraiser. We will have our own CFA team, but also encourage you to form teams with co-workers or friends outside of the CFA community.CFA will need 3-5 volunteers per hour that day to help us run a successful event. Please contact Shanna if you are willing to be our team captain. The CFA team and volunteer sign-up will be at the gym starting this week.

For more information check out the HeartStrings website and read the press release below. Mark your calenders!

Eighth annual event will provide funds for community uninsured to access healthcare

ASHEVILLE, NC: How many times could you jump rope in two minutes? If you knew that your effort could help save a life, would you be able to do more? On February 6, 2010, that” just what participants in the HeartStrings fundraiser will be discovering for themselves.

Now in its eighth year, HeartStrings gives people the chance to exert themselves—literally—to raise money to provide necessary medical care to uninsured men and women throughout the county via Project Access. Over the last year, Project Access physician volunteers have contributed more than $14 million of free medical care to the low-income uninsured of Buncombe County. Over 3,500 people were able to receive the medical care they needed—even life saving specialty care like heart surgery—for free. While doctors are not paid for their work in Project Access, funds are needed to pay for programmatic essentials such as eligibility screening, medications, durable medical equipment (like wheelchairs and crutches), case management, language interpretation, and other services that ensure that patients receive comprehensive, high quality care.

HeartStrings has a long tradition of combining fun and fundraising with physical fitness. “We’re thrilled to be bringing CrossFit to this year” HeartStrings fundraiser,” says Miriam Schwarz, CEO of Buncombe County Medical Society, the organization that administers Project Access. “This is a type of workout that benefits you in your daily life and can be scaled to your level of fitness. Whether you are athletic or not, whether you are young or old, you get from this type of workout the following benefits: cardiorespiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, speed, power, coordination, accuracy, balance, and agility.”

The CrossFit workout at HeartStrings will consist of warm up/stretching, 10 minutes of two alternating exercises, and cool down. “We will teach people how to do some basic Crossfit exercises properly and safely,” says Coach Shanna Duvall, co-owner of CrossFit Asheville, the organizer of HeartStrings’ athletic activities, adding, “We chose activities that use minimal equipment and are adjustable so they’re accessible to any level of exerciser, which was one of our goals. No one should be excluded from fitness, just like no one should be denied necessary medical care.”

CrossFit teams are asked to raise at least $200 per individual team member. Your team can be anyone—your colleagues from work, your friends, or your family. Past teams have included cadets from the Asheville Police Academy, lawyers from Van Winkle Law Firm, physicians and staff from Asheville Cardiology Associates, Asheville Anesthesia, and Pisgah Family Health, and Project Access patients, to name a few. The goal is to raise $40,000 for the 2010 event. Local businesses donate prizes which are then awarded to the top three fundraisers. This year, HeartStrings organizers will also be announcing the “fittest” individuals in three categories—couch potato converts (vigorous exercise 1 or fewer times/week), weekend warriors (vigorous exercise 2-3 times/week), and athletic aces (vigorous exercise 4 or more times/week). Participants will also get HeartStrings t-shirts, snacks, and other gifts. Everyone will have a fun time raising money for a great cause while getting fit.

Your help is needed. For information on joining or forming a team, call the Buncombe County Medical Society (BCMS) at 274-2267 or register directly online at bcmsonline.org/heartstrings. To donate money, prizes, or to serve as a sponsor, call the same number, or e-mail miriam@bcmsonline.org.

BCMS would like to recognize our sponsors to date: Asheville Anesthesia Associates, Biltmore Farms, CarePartners, and Lynn and Bob Kieffer.

Formed in 1885, Buncombe County Medical Society is a voluntary professional association of over 850 physicians. The Buncombe County Medical Society is the physicians’ voice advocating for the health of the medical profession, the health of the patient, and the health of the community. BCMS Project Access, established in 1996, leverages the generosity of these physicians to provide primary and specialty medical care to low-income, uninsured residents in the community. Buncombe County commissioners continue to be the primary funding partners for administrative staffing and medication assistance for Project Access.