Registration opens for Bill Sweet Memorial Walk/Run

Fund-raiser benefits Strong Memorial Hospital's Organ Transplant Program

October 21, 2003

WHAT: Bill Sweet Memorial Walk/Run
WHEN: 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14
WHERE: Genesee Valley Park

Registrations are being accepted from individuals and teams for the second annual Bill Sweet Memorial Walk/Run, which will be held Sept. 14 at Genesee Valley Park. Pledges collected by participants benefit the Organ Transplant Program at Strong Memorial Hospital of the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Sweet was a longtime Friends of Strong volunteer at Strong Memorial. He also was the first Rochester-area resident to receive a heart transplant. Twenty years ago, he and his wife traveled to California for the surgery because it was not widely available. Subsequently, he had a second heart transplant, survived a bout with cancer and underwent triple-bypass surgery. He was the first person in the world to have bypass surgery of a second transplanted heart, a procedure that was performed by George L. Hicks Jr., M.D., at Strong Memorial.

Registration for the 3-mile Bill Sweet Memorial Walk/Run is from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. The event begins at 10 a.m. Prizes will be awarded to top finishers in numerous categories. Participants may register by calling Friends of Strong Coordinator of Special Events Joanie Clancy at (585) 275-2420.

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