Gladstone's team joined thousands of supporters to raise awareness of heart disease at the 2015 Bay Area Heart Walk.


This morning, 72 members of the Gladstone community joined thousands of supporters at Justin Herman Plaza for the Bay Area Heart Walk to raise funds to support the American Heart Association. This year, the AHA estimates that more than 1 million walkers will participate in nearly 340 events and aims to collect $3.5 million. Gladstone did its part by raising a total of $3161!

This year’s effort was led by Kaitlen Samse, a research associate in the Srivastava lab, and Katreya (Kat) Lovrenert, a research associate in Gladstone’s Stem Cell Core. They organized all events surrounding the Walk, including a bake sale fundraiser that contributed $850 to Gladstone’s total.

At the Walk, the Gladstone Team sported t-shirts designed by Dr. Tom Packard, a postdoctoral scholar in the Greene lab. His design was selected by 47% of the 62 people who voted in an online survey. The two runners-up were Juan Perez-Bermejo, a graduate student in the Conklin lab, and Sydney Moseley, daughter of Vince Moseley, chief financial officer and vice president of finance at Gladstone.

“As the beneficiaries of the generous efforts of the AHA volunteers who raise money for our research, our participation in the Heart Walk is extremely meaningful,” said Dr. Deepak Srivastava, director of cardiovascular research at Gladstone. “It’s always gratifying to see so many Gladstone participants out there showing their support.”