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The Times
  • Hanna congratulates Go Red Challenge winner

  • U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna visited Mount Markham Middle School Friday to congratulate seventh-grader Austin Joyce and his grandmother, Deborah Joyce, winners of the UpClose Cardiac Surgery Go Red Challenge sponsored by Basset Healthcare.

    Mount Markham Middle School Principal Dawn Yerkie said the school’s seventh grade class has participated in the UpClose Cardiac Surgery Program for several years.

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  • U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna visited Mount Markham Middle School Friday to congratulate seventh-grader Austin Joyce and his grandmother, Deborah Joyce, winners of the UpClose Cardiac Surgery Go Red Challenge sponsored by Basset Healthcare.
    Mount Markham Middle School Principal Dawn Yerkie said the school’s seventh grade class has participated in the UpClose Cardiac Surgery Program for several years.
    “Every year seventh grade science teacher Ryan Jones spearheads the event,” she said.
    The UpClose Cardiac Surgery Program educates more than 1,000 area seventh graders each year on the benefits of heart-healthy living.
    Through the program students attend sessions at Basset Medical Center and learn about the benefits of exercise and a heart healthy diet, along with the dangerous of smoking.
    This year the Division of Cardiac Surgery at Basset Medical Center conducted its first Go Red Challenge as part of the UpClose Cardiac Surgery Program that eight schools participated in. Those schools included Gilbertsville-Mount Upton Central School, Duanesburg High School, Jefferson Central School, Worcester Central School, Schoharie Central School, Mount Markham Middle School, Stamford Central School and Unadilla Valley Central School.
    Through the challenge students received two pedometers, one for them and one for their partner. Using the pedometers they kept track of the number of steps they walked over a seven-day period.
    Out of the eight participating schools Joyce and his grandmother walked the most steps, becoming the overall winning team with a total of 431,603 steps, which equaled 1,079,007 feet, or 204 miles, in one week.
    Hanna, R – Barneveld, said after seeing an article in the newspaper about Joyce and his grandmother’s win during the Go Red Challenge something stuck out to him.
    “I wanted to show my support because what Austin and his grandmother has done makes me feel proud,” he said. “There’s a lot of good in people and sometimes we paint people with the wrong brush, but when we see achievements like this we are reminded there are good people in the world.”
    During his visit Hanna presented Joyce with a certificate and also gave the seventh grade class an American flag flown over the nation’s Capitol.
    Joyce said he decided to do the program for something fun to do.
    “It feels good to have won and receive a certificate from Congressman Hanna. My family is going to be really excited,” he said.
    |The Go Red Challenge ran in conjunction with the American Heart Association and New York Central Mutual Insurance Company, and was conducted in recognition of the AHA’s national Go Red for Women Day, designed to increase awareness of heart disease in women.
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