DERRY — The cardiac catheterization lab staff at Parkland Medical Center takes their job to heart.
For the second year, co-captains Sue Maxwell, a nurse in the lab, and technician Jill Lacaillade are organizing a team to walk in the American Heart Association's walk to be held June 2 in Manchester.
"We're hoping to have a team of 50 and raise $5,000 this year," Lacaillade said. "Last year, we raised $3,000."
Maxwell has been growing many varieties of plants, mostly perennials, in her back yard in Derry. There will be a plant sale at Parkland Medical Center this weekend and next week to benefit their team.
"Everything is organically grown," she said. "All the pots are recycled and I've used soil from my compost pile. It's really a very 'green' sale."
There are 20 varieties of sedum, 10 varieties of daisies and 10 varieties of echinacea, along with everything from forget-me-nots to begonias to bachelor buttons. Herbs will be for sale, including thyme, parsley and oregano.
While Lacaillade admits she doesn't have the green thumb of her co-captain, she has been trying to remember the names of the various plants to be able to tell customers what they are purchasing.
However, Maxwell said Lacaillade is the one who comes up with the marketing ideas for their team, Parkland Heart 'n' Sole.
"She's the brains; I'm the dirt," Maxwell said.
The team also holds bake sales, raffles and wear-your-jeans to work days to raise money. Last year, the plant sale made $700.
"We actually have a couple of patients walking in the heart walk," Lacaillade said. "We're looking for more who would like to join us.
For more information, or to donate to the team, visit heartwalk.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=483309 and look for Parkland Heart 'n' Sole.
The plant sale will be held at the hospital located at 1 Parkland Drive on May 19 and 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; May 21 through May 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 5 to 6:30 p.m.; and May 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The plants range from $1 to $10 for potted plants and around $10 for most of the hanging baskets.
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