September 6, 2018

Heart Health for Rob

Distributor Wire & Cable (DWC) has started a movement around spreading heart health awareness and educating people about heart disease. They are doing it in memory of their co-worker & friend, Rob Spencer.

Rob joined DWC in January of 2017 as a Procurement Specialist. He was the type of person that could get along with anyone. He was charismatic, talented and his positivity knew no bounds. Rob always had a smile on his face. He was a musical artist and was active in the performing arts. Rob recorded music, was a personal trainer and also played rugby for the Queen City Rugby Club. To say he was inspirational is an understatement.

“Rob was the most genuine, good-hearted person. He would do anything for anyone. He was the epitome of what DWC’s culture is and should be. I miss him,” said Robert McCord, Procurement Manager and Rob’s colleague.

On September 23, 2017, Rob played a hard game of rugby alongside his teammates. Shortly after the game, without warning, he passed away from a massive heart attack. He was only 31. Sadly, Rob was not aware that he had heart disease.

With the remembrance day nearing, DWC had to do something in his honor. The company has values to better their lives and the lives of others. One of those values is to “Give Back, A Lot.” With this value in mind, DWC set a goal to spread heart health awareness and tell Rob’s story. DWC also created a GoFundMe page where they are collecting donations to go towards the Masonic Medical Research Institute (MMRI), a biomedical research institute that is currently focusing on cardiovascular disease.

In an effort to make sure that everyone at DWC is taking care of their heart health, the company put blood pressure monitors in all of their locations. Their Director of People Development, Laura Kitto, even launched Check, Change, Control, a program created by the American Heart Association, to encourage engagement. This program  has set a 2020 health impact goal to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20%, while reducing death and disability from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20%.   

On August 29, 2018, DWC organized a walk in celebration of Rob Spencer’s life and to raise heart health awareness. Everyone who participated donned a red shirt that said “Heart Health Awareness In Memory of Rob Spencer.” They hit the streets, waved at all the passing cars and walked together for two miles. During the walk, they shared stories about Rob and held their heads high in pride.

For DWC, this is only the beginning of spreading the word about heart health. They plan on a bigger event next year by inviting neighbors, family and friends to join their heart health awareness walk. DWC believes everyone has the power to educate, and they will do what they can to help and save the lives of others. Tracking your blood pressure, eating healthy and exercising are a few ways to be proactive about your heart’s health. Making little changes every day can add up to big improvements in your overall health.

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