The American Heart Association recently honored Dr. Gerald Marx, a Dover resident, with the Ray and Gina Driscoll Hearts and Minds Award for his continued support and dedication to the organization’s mission.
“I had known the Driscolls for many years, and it was really nice to get an award in their name,” Marx said.
The Award, which is given to someone for their long-term, entire body of volunteer work for the American Heart Association, was given to Marx, a cardiac physician at Boston Children’s Hospital, after approximately 25 years of dedicated service to the organization.
“Dr. Marx has worked for years on many initiatives,” said Allyson Perron, Senior Government Relations Director for the American Heart Association. “He’s testified before committees as an expert on many issues, including school nutrition and obesity. He feels you can do things through policy. He’s really into advocacy.”
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This recent award wasn’t the first time Marx has been honored by the American Heart Association this year. In April he received the Paul Dudley White Award, which is the most prestigious tribute given by the American Heart Association’s Founders Affiliate and is given annually to a Massachusetts medical volunteer. This award is based more on a medical/clinical basis than the Driscoll Award, which is based more on volunteerism.
Now that he’s won a couple awards, Marx isn’t slowing down his volunteer schedule any time soon. He still would like to work on improving obesity, and believes that one way to do so is through the public school system. He also believe schools should have mandatory physical education classes, as well as emergency medical plans and AEDs in all schools. He believes high school students should also receive CPR training.
“He really has embraced that one person can make a difference,” Perron said. “No one is more deserving of this award. If I could replicate him, I’d be a 100 times better off.”