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Walk with Heart

The Walk with Heart is an annual event organized by the JTB Foundation to help raise awareness for sudden cardiac death and support our mission to stop it.

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Walk With Heart 2019 – Pingry Walk With Heart Travels Into Its 13th Year

Enthusiasm for JTB’s Walk With Heart at The Pingry School remained very strong for the 13th year of the event on May 19 as 225 walkers, with family and friends cheering them on, completed a 2-mile brisk hike around school grounds. The spring weather was glorious for the event. 

More than $35,000 was raised for JTB’s efforts to distribute Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to schools, parks, and public places and to fund important cardiac research.

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Walk With Heart 2018 – Don’t rain on our parade! 

Although skies threatened, it didn’t rain on Walk With Heart’s parade

  Heavy rains on a Sunday in May forced the Walk With Heart pre-program inside for the first time in 12 years, but the sun came out at The Pingry School in Basking Ridge just before the walk was about to start. 

   Several hundred walkers, with family and friends cheering them on, left their rain gear behind as they set out on the 2-mile brisk hike around school grounds.  More than $58,000 was raised from the event. 

    There are always riveting speakers. This year, Mike Papale, a young Connecticut basketball coach who almost died of sudden cardiac arrest at the age of 17, spoke to the crowd. Emergency technique trainers brought test dummies to demonstrate CPR to attendees. There were refreshments and a raffle with exciting prizes.

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Walk With Heart 2017

“Walk Tests Participants Skills”

How good are you at CPR? That’s the question the John Taylor Babbitt Foundation asked of supporters at the annual May Walk With Heart at The Pingry School in Basking Ridge.

For its 11th event, the foundation had walkers enter a competition to test compression skills and touch techniques on test dummies provided by Bob Herzog of V.E. Ralph and Son, Inc. of Kearny, New Jersey. Assisting Herzog was Bill Nauta of Atlantic Ambulance Training.

“This was the first time we’ve ever tried some- thing like this, and it was a smashing success,” noted JoAnne Babbitt, vice president of the JTB Foundation. Quite a few of the walkers and their families entered the competition, she said, and top finishers came away with prizes.

More than 350 people participated in the walk this year. About $67,000 was raised for the organization’s work. 

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Walk With Heart 2016 Update

“10th Anniversary Celebration”

On the 10th anniversary of John Taylor Babbitt Foundation’s Walk With Heart at The Pingry School in Bernards Township, supporters pulled out all the stops, with 375 people participating – some from as far away as England – and $65,000 raised for the organization’s work.

Among the dignitaries at this important 10th anniversary event was State. Sen. Joseph Vitale from Middlesex County, who has long been involved with efforts to get mandatory Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in schools and parks and get schools to require more extensive physicals for student athletes. He not only joined the walkers but at the ceremony after the event presented the JTB Foundation with a prelamination from both the State Senate and the State Assembly recognizing the organization’s 10 years of service to the community. 

Walk With Heart 2015 – From Damp to Beautiful

On May 17th, the day started out a bit foggy and damp, but soon the sun shined on over 350 friends and family at the 9th annual Walk With Heart. Over $58,000.00 was raised to support our mission to prevent sudden cardiac death. This year’s event featured testimonials from gym teacher Erin Durborow who was saved by an AED when pregnant and Mary Ellen Urbanowicz, the school nurse who saved her life and her unborn child. Erin’s son Sean was also present to help celebrate not one – but two lives saved!

All participants received an event T-shirt as well as complimentary food and beverages. Music, a raffle, and wonderful prizes made the event fun for all ages. Once again we would like to thank all our wonderful sponsors for their continued support!

Walk With Heart 2014 – An Inspiring Event

On May 11th, Mother’s Day, with the sun shining brightly overhead, more than 500 friends and family participated in the 8th annual WALK WITH HEART. Over $65,000.00 was raised to support our mission to prevent sudden cardiac death. It was a wonderful celebration of John’s life and we are so thankful for all the love, generosity and support shown to us and the Foundation.

All participants received an event t-shirt as well as complimentary food and beverages. Music, a raffle, and wonderful prizes made the event fun for all ages. In addition, representatives from Atlantic Health and V.E. Ralph were present at the Walk to demonstrate the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). The winners of this year’s team competition were Chatham Print and Design. Their prize was an AED for their business.

The Walk with Heart is sponsored by the JTB Foundation and organized by students in the Pingry School’s JTB Heart Club as part of their Independent Senior Project at The Pingry School in Martinsville. The day a 3-mile walk, raffle, music, food, and prizes. The students spent countless hours over the last half year planning every aspect of the event. This year, we recognized a large contingent of Pingry graduates in attendance, who had run the WALK themselves in previous years.

Pingry School Walk with Heart – Big Success Despite Rain – 2013

On May 19th, though the day was a bit wet, more than 300 friends and family participated in the 7th annual WALK WITH HEART. Over $55,000.00 was raised to support our mission to prevent sudden cardiac death. It was a wonderful celebration of John’s life and we are so thankful for all the love, generosity and support shown to us and the Foundation.

All participants received an event t-shirt as well as complimentary food and beverages. Music, a raffle, and wonderful prizes made the event fun for all ages. In fact, this year our raffle broke all previous records! In addition, representatives from Atlantic Health and V.E. Ralph were present at the Walk to demonstrate the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs).
The Walk with Heart is sponsored by the JTB Foundation and organized by students in the Pingry School’s JTB Heart Club as part of their Independent Senior Project at The Pingry School in Martinsville. The day included a 3-mile walk, raffle, music, food, and prizes. The students spent countless hours over the last half year planning every aspect of the event. This year, we recognized a large contingent of Pingry graduates in attendance, who had run the WALK themselves in previous years.

6th Annual Walk With Heart a Huge Success – 2012

On May 20th, with the sun shining overhead, more than 450 friends and family participated in the 6th annual WALK WITH HEART. Over $50,000.00 was raised to support our mission to prevent sudden cardiac death. It was a wonderful celebration of John’s life and we are so thankful for all the love, generosity and support shown to us and the Foundation.

All participants received an event t-shirt as well as complimentary food and beverages. Music, a raffle, and wonderful prizes made the event fun for all ages. In addition, representitives from Atlantic Health – Atlantic Heartsmart were present at the Walk to demonstrate the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). Emergency Medical coverage was also provided by the Chatham EMT Bike Squad.

The Walk with Heart is sponsored by the JTB Foundation and organized by students in the Pingry School’s JTB Heart Club as part of their Independent Senior Project at The Pingry School in Martinsville. The day included a 3-mile run, a 3-mile walk, raffle, music, food, and prizes. The students spent countless hours over the last half year planning every aspect of the event. “The students were very dedicated to organizing this event, and Dave and I are so grateful to them, to the sponsors and donors, to the participants, the dozens of volunteers, and to everyone who helped make the day such a success,” said JoAnne Babbitt, John’s mother. “We are truly overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from all of the people whose lives John touched.”

Walk with Heart 2011

Walk with Heart 2010

Walk with Heart 2009

Walk with Heart 2008

Walk with Heart 2007

Ladies Holiday Luncheon

Holiday Luncheon 2014

Holiday Luncheon 2010

Holiday Luncheon 2009

Dance with Heart

On February 4th 2012, the John Taylor Babbitt Foundation held its first “Dance With Heart” at Corpus Christi Parish in Chatham, NJ. The event featured both chance and silent auctions, a “wine pull” , and live music graciously donated by “New Dakota Band.”

Over 250 friends and family attended the event which raised over $50,000.00 for the foundation. The proceeds from the event will support our mission to install defibrillators in places of public assembly, establish “Heart Clubs” in high schools and universities and support research on genetic cardiac disorder that increase the risk of sudden cardiac death.

The proceeds from these events will support our mission to install defibrillators in places of public assembly, establish “Heart Clubs” in high schools and universities and support research on genetic cardiac disorder that increase the risk of sudden cardiac death.

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