Heart Disease is the #1 killer of people in the U.S. On average, someone dies of cardiovascular disease every 35 seconds. The American Heart Association estimates that nearly half of the adult population in our country has hypertension or some form of cardiovascular disease. According to the Center for Disease Control, heart disease and stroke claim the lives of about 675,000 Americans each year.
If you’re familiar with Distributor Wire & Cable (DWC), you’re likely familiar with our corporate value: Give Back, A Lot. Since we started back in 2008, getting involved in charitable endeavors has been a key aspect of our company mission. Even in DWC’s early days when the company was struggling to turn a profit, our founder was adamant about supporting organizations dedicated to doing good. “It was the kind of company that we wanted to be,” shares Robert McCord, DWC’s Director of Procurement and Global Supply Chain.
Supporting the American Heart Association became a charitable focus in the Fall of 2017 when our own DWC work family was touched by this sudden, silent killer. We lost a young friend and colleague in the prime of his life to a massive heart attack. Because of that tragic event, contributing funds for research and the prevention of heart disease became a permanent mission for DWC.
One of the events that brings us all together is the annual Heart Walk in Denver, Colorado, the home of DWC’s headquarters. This year DWC was #1 in fundraising out of the 154 corporate teams that participated. A wonderful contingent of DWC family members convened under blue skies to walk together in downtown Denver and around the country via smaller virtual groups. Through employee contributions and donations, team DWC was able to raise almost $11,000 to put toward the fight against heart disease.
As great as it was to walk together and share this beautiful day, we all look forward to a time when Science can make heart disease and stroke a thing of the past. Until then, if you or someone you know in the electrical industry has been impacted by heart disease, we will continue to raise money and walk in your/their honor!
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