WARREN, Ohio – On a shelf in the office of Regina Mitchell, co-owner of Warren Fabricating, sits several picture frames from last year's Youngstown Area Heart Walk. On the same shelf you'll find a picture of her dad, John Rebhan, the founder of Warren Fabricating and the sole reason behind her team.
"We really felt that it was something the company wanted to do to express our gratitude and our memory of him," Mitchell said.
John Rebhan passed away suddenly from a heart attack in 2008. As a tribute, his daughter and the company's employees have set out to make a difference; raising money for the American Heart Association.
"I would open the mail and I was just astounded at the dollar amount that some of our vendors were willing to give us," said Sue Beck an employee at Warren Fabricating.
The company's goal of raising $25,000 in two years was exceeded the first year. Team Warren Fabricating is just $16 shy of doubling its original goal.
"It comes back to the area, the Valley, in the way of research and education and anyone who has experience with heart disease, whether themselves or family, friends, the treatment, the surgery, the medications are pretty much funded through the heart association," said Charlotte Diss, Executive Director of the American Heart Association Youngstown.
This is all the more reason for Team Warren Fabricating wanting to take the lead.
"Well this will be the second year in a row, if we continue on this path, as the number one heart team. So I'm not sure where our competitors lie at this time, but we're moving full steam ahead," Mitchell said.
If you would like to register for the walk you still have time. Log on to the Youngstown Area Heart Walk's website to learn more.