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Thank you to our sponsors!

Thank you to all of our participants and volunteers for your interest and support.

Remember to take care of your heart!


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Thank you to our hundreds of participants and volunteers!

The 17th Great Pumpkin Fun Run on Saturday, October 27, 2012, was a celebration of joy and heart health. Here's why: 

  • There were 2,500 runners, walkers, and volunteers—many of whom were in wonderful Halloween costumes, including Twiddledee and Twiddledum (they were dancing fools as well), Teletubbies, a bottle of Ketchup, Spiderman, Gumby, a frankfurter, and many more.
  • There were wonderful long- sleeved T-shirts, picturing the Great Pumpkin in a scarecrow costume and highlighting the Texas Heart Institute's 50th Anniversary logo.
  • The weather was on the chilly side, but the enthusiasm of the crowd and the rhythmic tunes of The Guzzlers were, well, heart warming.
  • The perennial favorite, the Children's Costume, featuring 32 kids,age infant to 5, and masterful emceeing by Dr. Billy Cohn, elicited numerous ohhs and ahhs.
  • Dr. James T. Willerson, THI President, thanked the crowd and introduced Leo Manzano, 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist in the 1500 meters and special ambassador for THI.
  • THI Founder, Dr. Denton A. Cooley, welcomed everyone and applauded them for their interest in heart health.
  • There was a contingent of volunteers second to none.
  • The Texas Heart Institute was the grateful beneficiary of broad-based support.


We at the Texas Heart Institute are mindful that an event of this magnitude would not be possible without the unselfish support of corporations, organizations and individuals.

We wish to thank:


Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Texas,Inc.


Bank of Houston


The Morton A. Cohn Family

John Daugherty Realtors

Health & Fitness Sports Magazine

Heart Exchange Support Group, Inc.

Jack 103.7

104.1 KRBE

Linn Energy

Mucho Pizza

Porter Hedges LLP

The Sports Authority

St.Luke’s Episcopal Health System

Tony’s Restaurant

United Airlines

Watermill Express


Alley Theatre

Baba Yega Restaurant

Barry's Pizza


Café Express

Carrabba’s Italian Grill - Kirby Drive/South Voss

Christie's Seafood & Steaks



El Tiempo Cantina

Fogo De Chao Churrascaria

Galveston Island Railroad Museum

Goode Company Restaurants

Gulf Greyhound Park

Houston Astros

Houston Ballet - Wortham Center

Houston Museum of Natural Science

Houston Symphony

The Houstonian Hotel

Katz Coffee


Lone Star Flight Museum

Lupe Tortilla's Mexican Restaurants

Mark's American Cuisine

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Niko Niko's Greek & American Café

Ouisie's American Bistro

Perry's Restaurants

Pico's Mex-Mex Restaurant


Prima Pasta

Riviana Foods, Inc.

Mr. and Mrs. Orlando Rodriguez

Ruggles Green @ River Oaks


Taste of Texas Restaurant

Theatre Under the Stars

The Westin Galleria & Westin Oaks 


Mahatma Rice

Minute Rice

Shipley Do-Nuts

Success Rice

The Sports Authority


Jack McClintic


Danae Stephenson

Kristen Matthews

We also wish to thank Rice Epicurean Markets for their assistance.

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