Vital Life Foundation
Marquis Companies is Third Largest U.S. Participator in the American Heart Association's Start! Greater Portland Heart & Stroke Walk on May 16 Marquis Team Totals More Than 1,200 Walkers, Including Heart Attack Survivor Scott Miller Who Raised More Than $2,600 to Support Cause that Helped Him in Time of Need

Marquis Companies will be the nation’s third largest participator in the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Start! Heart & Stroke Walk. Marquis, a skilled nursing, assisted living and home health care company, will enter 1,203 walkers in the event with a team donation of $28,000 for the company’s inaugural year participating in the race. Marquis’ walking team, comprised of employees and residents, are also taking part in a four-week walking program to train for the walk. The 2009 Start! Greater Portland Heart & Stroke Walk will take place on May 16 at two locations: the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade in Portland and Vancouver Landing in SW Washington.

Scott Miller, the Director of Property Management for Marquis Companies learned the importance of heart health the hard way when in December of last year he experienced a heart attack one week before his 40th birthday. An unlikely victim of heart disease; Scott had low blood pressure, low cholesterol and was working out at least five mornings a week for one to two hours at a time. The heart attack was caused by an electrical misfire in his cardiac system that in turn lead Scott to seek answers from AHA and their research efforts. After writing donation letters to friends and family Scott was able to raise close to $2,600 through more than 60 small donations, ranking him as one of the top five Portland fundraisers.

As the signature fund-raising event for the American Heart Association since 1994, the Start! Heart & Stroke Walk promotes physical activity and heart-healthy living in a fun family environment. Each year, more than a million walkers participate in more than 425 events across the country, raising funds to save lives from this country’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers, heart disease and stroke.

"Being the third largest participator in the United States proves Marquis’ dedication to a culture of wellness for their employees and their commitment to raise critical funds for research and educational health programs," states Erin McDonough, Executive Director for the Portland Metro AHA Branch. "This is an extraordinary achievement for an inaugural team and we are thrilled to have Marquis show such dedication towards raising funds for the American Heart Association."

Start! is sponsored nationally by SUBWAY® restaurants, Healthy Choice® and AstraZeneca. Start! is sponsored locally by Oregon Health & Science University. For more information about the Start! Greater Portland Heart & Stroke Walk, call 503-233-0100 or visit

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About Marquis Companies

Marquis Companies provide skilled nursing, long-term care, assisted living and memory care throughout its 26 facilities in Oregon, California, Montana, Idaho and Nevada. Marquis’ sister company, Consonus, provides pharmacy, rehabilitation, staffing and consulting to the long-term care community. Both family-owned companies share the mission to promote the vitality within everyone each company serves and its employees - and created its Vital Life Foundation to fulfill that mission.