Tom Fallon has been considering what the words “heart disease” mean.
“They’re words that you say,” the director of operations for Medline said. “But it’s not just heart attack and stroke. It could be high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes – things that impact people’s lives. High blood pressure, for instance, is known as the silent killer.”
Fallon is chairing the 2023 Tri-County Heart Walk to help raise awareness about the different aspects of heart disease and what people can do to combat it.
The Tri-County Heart Walk is set for Saturday, May 20, beginning with check-in at 8:30 a.m., at Benedict Farm Park, 1675 NY-17K, in Montgomery, New York. A 1- or 3-mile route will be available.
“We really want to get people to be aware of what heart disease is all about and take care of themselves,” Fallon said. “The Tri-County Heart Walk can help the American Heart Association make a difference in people’s lives.”
Fallon has been at Medline for six years and runs the company’s 1.3 million sq. ft. distribution center in Montgomery, New York. He manages more than 500 employees, supplying crucial medical products throughout the state and region.
“Medline is a longtime sponsor of the American Heart Association,” he said. “We’re a medical supply company that’s very involved with heart care. We work with hospitals, physician groups, clinics, and hospice care providers throughout the Tri-State area. As a good partner, we are always involved in the care of people. It’s not just about getting supplies to the hospitals, it’s about helping people. Part of that is giving back to the community through organizations like the American Heart Association.”
Fallon, whose grandparents passed away from strokes, says he and his wife of 32 years, Carolyn, work to stay on top of their health. Carolyn is an athletic director, yoga and Pilates instructor, and together, they regularly walk their rescue dogs. Fallon teaches kickboxing once a week and practices martial arts. Both eat a healthy diet – only giving in occasionally to a strong sweet tooth.
Fallon is an Eagle Scout, a 4th degree Knight of Columbus; active in his church; has a black belt in karate and has been a Big Brother.
“This year, I’m committed to the American Heart Association,” Fallon said. “I’m very honored to have this opportunity to be involved with the American Heart Association and to represent my company as the leader of this Walk. We’ll have a good turnout from Medline, and I hope the rest of the community joins us. We can really heighten and spread awareness of how heart disease affects families. I know we can make a difference in people’s lives.”
“We appreciate that Tom’s commitment to his community means he is leading this year’s Tri-County Heart Walk,” said Alex DiCicco, academic quality analyst for Johnson & Wales University and chair of the board of directors of the American Heart Association in the Hudson Valley. “The funds we raise at this event will let us fund research, CPR education, and programs that improve heart and brain health in our community and beyond.”
“We appreciate that Tom’s commitment to his community means he is leading this year’s Tri-County Heart Walk,” said Alex DiCicco, academic quality analyst for Johnson and Wales University and chair of the board of directors of the American Heart Association in the Hudson Valley. “The funds we raise at this event will let us fund research, CPR education, and programs that improve heart and brain health.”
To date, Medline has donated approximately $800 million to the American Heart Association around the country.
To register for the Tri-County Heart Walk, visit TriCountyHeartWalk.org.