Our Cause

Your participation supports world-renowned heart research at the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Cardiovascular Center. Every dollar raised goes directly to the cause. To date, the Cullen Run/Walk has donated more than $415,000!
Starting in 2015, proceeds from the run/walk began funding an annual $25,000 Cullen Healthy Heart Scholar Award in addition to other cardiac research projects. This award honors a Medical College scientist involved in cutting-edge cardiovascular research, once again placing the money raised directly in the laboratory, where we can make the most difference!
Congratulations to Dr. Andrew Greene, the 2017 Steve Cullen Healthy Heart Scholar. Dr. Greene will use the Cullen grant to develop a process to create 3-Dimensional models of patients’ hearts to help plan complex surgeries to treat their cardiovascular disease. Dr. Greene joins Dr. Peter Frommelt and Dr. Aron Guerts, who received the award in 2016 and 2015, respectively.
Begun in 1997, the Run/Walk is held in memory of former Badgerland Strider and Milwaukee Alderman Steve Cullen who died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 40. Steve’s passion and drive continue to inspire this event and he will be forever missed.
You can boost your contribution to the fight against heart disease! Click here to set up your own free fundraising page.


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Medical College of Wisconsin Cardiovascular Center Director Dr. Ivor Benjamin accepts the 2016 Cullen Run/Walk donation of $42,000 from event chair Gael Garbarino Cullen.


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