HeartChase fundraiser a tribute to Gloucester man’s daughter

Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Feb 19, 2014 - 02:05 PM

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Heart disease hits Gloucester’s county attorney Ted Wilmot close to home.

But instead of sitting back waiting for a cure, he is taking action to organize a major, unique fundraiser for the American Heart Association. HeartChase Gloucester will take place along Main Street on Saturday, June 14.

Wilmot’s daughter, Kendall, passed away suddenly last June due to two undetected heart conditions—Long QT syndrome, a disorder of the heart’s electrical activity, and mitral valve prolapse, a condition in which the heart’s mitral valve doesn’t work well.

Before her death, Kendall was active on her high school’s field hockey and tennis teams, and was valedictorian of her high school class in Hopewell.

“She was a wonderful daughter,” Wilmot said. “She was the light of our lives.”

Speaking of HeartChase, Wilmot said, “God had something to do with getting me involved in this,” adding that it is a fun way to raise money to battle heart disease, “a way Kendall would have wanted it.”

The American Heart Association’s HeartChase is an innovative community event that provides a fun, new way to promote healthy living and support a great cause. It’s basically a giant scavenger hunt, Wilmot said, and will involve various checkpoint challenges throughout Gloucester’s Main Street area.

The challenges for the event, scheduled to last from 9:30-11 a.m., will include various five-minute games that will get hearts racing and earn team points. Teams race to complete as many challenges as possible before time runs out, and the team with the most points will be crowned the champion of HeartChase.