St. Mary's Sacred Heart

(706) 356-7800
367 Clear Creek Parkway  •  Lavonia, GA 30553

Sacred Heart Wellness Walk and 5K a success

1st place male finisher Jacob Harris receives his trophy from Mary Jo Fesperman representing the Power of Hope.

Overall winner and 1st place female finisher Leann Osborne receives her trophy from Mary Jo Fesperman representing the Power of Hope.

LAVONIA, Ga. – May 18, 2017 – St. Mary's Sacred Heart Hospital's inaugural Wellness Walk and 5K was a great success, with 117 registered participants raising $12,556 to benefit The Power of Hope, an all-volunteer nonprofit group that provides support to cancer patients and their families and caregivers in Hart Franklin and Stephens counties.

The race and walk was held on Saturday, April 22, on the grounds and nearby roads of Sacred Heart Hospital at 367 Clear Creek Parkway in Lavonia.

Placing first overall in the 5K was Leann Osborne with a time of 19:58. The top three women were Osborne, Christine Davis with a time of 23:50, and Donna Presley – age 71 – with a time of 25:16. First place male finishers were Jacob Harris (22:42), Mike Cosman (22:46) and Antone Orsley (23:37). Complete results can be found on the Fundracers website at

Runners and walkers of all ages and ability levels were invited for a fun morning of music, door prizes, snacks, a 1-mile fun run and a 5K.

Whether you walk or run, the idea is to get moving for a good cause, says Alex Lundy, Sacred Heart Hospital Physician Relations and Community Benefit Manager.

"Exercise is vital to good health, from preventing stroke, heart attack and diabetes to getting a good night's sleep," Lundy says. "We want to encourage people to get out and exercise more, and what better way than through a fun run and 5K? At the same time, we want to support a community partner that is doing great work for people in our area who have cancer."

The Wellness Walk and 5K is part of St. Mary's Sacred Heart Hospital's 2017 Community Benefit program. As a faith-based, not-for-profit hospital, Sacred Heart works to improve community. This goal of the walk/run was to combat cardiovascular disease by promoting a healthy, active lifestyle that can reduce a person's risk for obesity, diabetes, stroke, and cardiovascular disease. For more information, visit

Volunteers from The Power of Hope gather at the finish line.

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