March 22, 2016
Aiken, S.C. - Edith Lewis-Buncomb supports the American Heart Association (AHA) Heart Walk in honor of her mother. For Ginger Glass, support is driven by her daughter.
Family is key to these Savannah River Remediation (SRR) employees, and many more, who helped SRR raise more than $31,000, far exceeding its company-wide goal of $18,000. Dozens of SRR employees participated in the 2016 CSRA Heart Walk on March 5 and hundreds more supported by giving donations.
Lewis-Buncomb, an SRR Radiological Control First Line Manager, said that her mother underwent an invasive aortic valve replacement in 2007, a procedure that let her live a healthy, active lifestyle. In August of last year, the valve needed to be replaced, and that’s when they discovered Lewis-Buncomb’s mother was a candidate for a less-invasive heart procedure called transcarthic aortic valve replacement. She passed away, though, in December before going through with the surgery.
“My mother benefitted from the research provided by the American Heart Association,” Lewis-Buncomb said. “That’s why I walk. I am remembering my mother and showing my appreciation for the Heart Walk. I am grateful for the time given to my family by heart research.”
Glass, an SRR employee in Project Controls, helped organize fundraisers over the last month in support of the Heart Walk. She said she walks for her daughter, Jessica, who was born with Down syndrome and congenital heart disease.
“Walking in the Heart Walk is my way of saying ‘thank you’ to the American Heart Association for all the research and support that has benefitted Jessica and helped her live such a full, fun and productive life.”
SRR, an official sponsor of the event, had 17 teams participate in the Heart Walk campaign, and 13 of those teams ranked in the overall top 50 for the amount of donations. SRR also won the T-shirt competition for best design at the fundraiser.
Mark Schmitz, Acting SRR President and Project Manager, said that he is proud of the employees for out-doing themselves in this year’s campaign.
“Everyone may have a different motivation for why they walk, but it’s encouraging to see everyone come together to support a great cause,” he said.
SRR is the liquid waste contactor at SRS for the U.S. Department of Energy. SRR is composed of a team of companies led by AECOM with partners Bechtel National, CH2M and BWX Technologies. Critical subcontractors for the contract are AREVA, EnergySolutions and URS Professional Solutions.