Charity Walk to Raise Heart Health Awareness, Celebrate Past SCYC Commodore’s Life

Jun 14, 2017

By all accounts, Bob Giles would have been the first one in line to register for an event that raised awareness, whatever the topic. He was a man who generously gave of his time, skills and money to anyone in need.

“He was a man with a heart of gold,” said his daughter, Diane German, “yet his physical heart was not so strong.”

Giles suffered his first heart attack at 45, a second one a decade later at 55, followed by triple bypass open heart surgery. As his family and friends close in on the one-year anniversary of his death, they are hosting Miles for Giles, a walk in his honor that they hope will help raise awareness of heart disease and related illnesses. All donations benefit the American Heart Association.

The event takes place Saturday, June 24, rain or shine. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Surf City Yacht Club boat yard, on Eighth Street in the borough. The $25 registration fee includes a donation and a T-shirt. You can register online at 2heart.org/goto/milesforgiles – make sure to select your T-shirt size and make a donation – or the day of the event. There will be a raffle with gift baskets and a grand prize.

“What better way to celebrate someone than to gather together as a community, learn some heart-related health facts, share memories and take a short walk – my dad’s favorite pastime,” German said. “If there is a chance to reduce someone else’s family from going through what we are now, and one person’s life is positively impacted. .. then our goal has been met.”

Heart disease contributed to Giles’ chronic aliments but wasn’t the cause of his death. Still, his family wants to raise awareness for others. More than 800,000 deaths annually are attributed to heart-related diseases, according to German.

“We know he is looking down over us every day,” she said. “Although he is gone, he certainly could never be forgotten.”

— Gina G. Scala

ggscala@thesandpaper.net

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