WNC Heart Challenge

John Richardson

Size 550x415 dsc 0299c%20%281%29

I'm running to prove to myself that I still can, and to encourage others to get out and be active!

Eight years ago I was told I had about a year to live unless I had heart surgery, not something the average 32 year old expects to hear. Thanks to some amazing doctors and incredible technology I now have a titanium aortic valve that ticks so loud I sometimes have trouble sleeping. While this ticking might seem bothersome at times, the reality for me is that it is a reminder of how important every second is. After having completed both the Black Mountain Marathon and the Mt. Mitchell Challenge before my surgery, this year I have decided to run once again. But running this time seems different. I was shocked to see that of the millions of dollars that was raised for Mission Foundation, the non-profit foundation for the local hospital system here in WNC, less than $10,000 was given in support of education and awareness programs for this area. After talking with my friend Grayson Deal, himself a runner with a history of heart related issues, we decided to work on changing this. Our message is simple: Exercise is one of the best ways a person can take care of their heart, and you don't have to run a marathon. Just take a walk! If we can run this race, then almost anyone can get out and be active for 20-30 minutes a day! So through the WNC HEART CHALLENGE we hope to not only CELEBRATE LIFE by running a challenging race in one of the most beautiful parts of the world, we hope to help EDUCATE and MOTIVATE folks to get out and BE ACTIVE!

Join the Conversation

Youtube Vimeo
 Post to Facebook

Organization Information


(828) 257-7004



Mission Hospital is a nationally recognized leader with over a century of care in Western North Carolina.

EIN: 561881331

Reports: Guidestar

MISSION HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION INC is not currently enabled to receive donations through Razoo.

If you work for MISSION HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION INC and would like to activate this page, please click here. If you would like to donate or create a fundraiser for MISSION HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION INC please feel free to share this link with them.

for this Cause

Anyone can set up a fundraiser for this charity. It's quick. It's easy.
And it's free!

Get Started

1st place

in WNC Heart Challenge

Also Fundraising for this Cause

See all 1 fundraisers >

1 share = $18+ in donations
(on average)