Big Hearts Walk raises $100K for St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children

Participants at the Big Hearts Walk for St. Mary’s Kids. (Photo courtesy of St. Mary’s Hospital for Children)

St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children held its annual walk-a-thon fundraiser this past weekend, which raised more than $100,000 to benefit the hospital and its patients.

Hundreds of community volunteers headed to the Bronx Zoo for the Big Hearts Walk for St. Mary’s Kids on Sunday, Oct. 17. The money will help to fund programs and treatment for children with medically complex and special health care needs.

“The pandemic has been particularly traumatic for families with medically fragile children, so we’re thrilled to finally be at the point where many of us can come together for this fun, outdoor event. Not only are we raising needed funds, but we’re also raising the spirits of our kids,” said Dr. Edwin Simpser, president and CEO of St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children.

St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children was founded in 1870 and is New York City’s only post-acute pediatric care facility. According to the hospital, the Big Hearts Walk is one of its essential fundraisers to help them continue to provide high-quality health care regardless of a family’s ability to pay.

“The proceeds from the walk will help ensure we can continue to provide the highest level of care to our patients and we’re incredibly grateful for the community support we’ve received,” Dr. Simpser said.

Following the walk-a-thon, the volunteers were given full-day access to the Bronx Zoo’s annual Halloween tradition, Boo at the Zoo.

See photos from the walk below.