Dave’s Virtual Walk Across America for Healthcare Safety
May 22 @ 9:00 am - September 17 @ 9:00 am PDT
Across the United States United States
On Friday, May 22nd I began a journey ON FOOT walking 125 miles over ten days following social distancing guidelines to raise awareness about patient and caregiver safety in healthcare. Being a big baseball fan, I started my 125-mile walk at Sloan Park, the spring training home of my beloved Chicago Cubs, and walked to all nine other spring training facilities in Arizona including Chase Field the home of the AZ Diamondbacks before finishing back at Sloan Park on Sunday, June 1st. I walked in memory of patients and caregivers who have lost their lives to preventable medical harm. In walking the 125 miles I hope to: (1) raise awareness about the patient safety and caregiver safety crises, and (2) raise funds to help support the nationwide Celebrate Patient and Caregiver Safety Day on September 17th.
We are in the midst of one of the most devastating crises this country has ever faced. Physicians, Nurses, Pharmacists, and other care team members are true heroes doing amazing work each and every day. They are risking their lives to keep us healthy. However, as we are witnessing, they are fighting this war without the basic equipment (e.g. masks, gowns, gloves) as well as diagnostic kits needed to protect themselves as well as their patients. Much of this was preventable if we had listened to our scientists and infection prevention specialists.
My walking for healthcare safety doesn’t stop. Like Forrest Gump, I am committed to virtually walking across the US (3033 total miles) so I can continue to raise awareness about healthcare safety. Over 200,000 people die each year from preventable medical harm making it the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Since February 1st when I began my walks, as of June 1st I have now walked over 740 miles including the recent 128 miles over 10 days. That is the equivalent of starting in San Diego, CA, and walking to 30 miles west of El Paso, TX. Similar longer distance walks like the 125-mile walk completed in AZ will be done in Denver, Chicago, and Baltimore this coming July/August and I will continue to tie in my passion for baseball to each of those walks. We hope to generate additional media coverage so our safety mission and message will be heard by many.
My wife Cathy and I have donated $5,000 towards this mission and we hope to raise at least $250,000 to support PSMF programs and tool kits proven to save lives. We need your help!
Please support me and my 67-year-old legs by following me on Twitter and Instagram @WalkForPtSafety. Please also consider making a donation to my Virtual Walk Across the US for Patient and Caregiver Safety. The process is fast, easy, and secure. All funds go to the Patient Safety Movement Foundation and will help us get to ZERO preventable deaths in Healthcare!
My walking webpage is https://donate.patientsafetymovement.org/team/285225
Please also follow me as I train and during the week of my walk. My Twitter and Instagram handles are @WalkForPtSafety.
David Mayer, MD
Chief Executive Officer
- Wednesday, August 5th– Atlanta Truist Park, home of the Atlanta Braves. Walked with Armando Nahum and his mother (89 yo) Anglea along with Cathy.
- Thursday, August 6th – Tampa Tropicana Park, home of the Tampa Devil Rays.
For details on my previous walks see below:
- July 28th, I walked (7.5 miles) in DC starting at Arlington Cemetery with stops at the White House and the Capitol Building before finishing at Nationals Park.
- A two-day 17 mile walk from MedStar Health’s corporate office in Columbia MD to Camden Yards, home of the Baltimore Orioles. The walk took place starting on Friday, July 24th and finish Saturday, July 25th. We walked 8-9 miles each day.
- July 14th will be a short walk in Pittsburgh.
- July 13th walked Detroit around Tigers Stadium then to Cleveland for a long walk in the afternoon around Indians Stadium.
- I walked July 5th to July 11th from Milwaukee and ending July 11th in Chicago.
- Denver Walk starting Sunday, June 28th, and finishing at Coors Field on Tuesday, June 29th for a total of 24 miles in 2 days.
- May 22nd walked 125-miles to raise awareness and fundraise to improve patient safety in Arizona hitting all the MLB spring training stadiums.