Heart Walk: Event still helping fight two big killers

Event still helping fight two big killers

Though the American Heart Association Heart Walk event in Parkersburg has changed its format this year, the mission is no less important — to save lives. Raising money for research and awareness of heart disease and stroke is a tall task; they are the No. 1 and No. 5 killers of Americans.

“This money will go to innovative research for new treatments, provide programs and services for survivors and their families, and help more of our loved ones to lower their risk,” said Michelle Loehr, Development Director for the AHA. “We want to see a world free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.”

Certainly here in West Virginia the impact would be enormous. Approximately 9,000 people lose their lives to heart disease and stroke in the Mountain State every year. And that number does not account for those who are disabled or left with a diminished quality of life.

Registration for this year’s Heart Walk begins at 5 p.m. Thursday in City Park. There will be exercise classes, CPR certification training, activities for kids and pets (pets on leashes can get a red bandanna), and entertainment.

Most most importantly there will be a renewed desire to fight these killers, with the support of the entire community.

” … Practically everyone has been impacted, and that gives them plenty of reason to join the walk and make a difference,” said Loehr.

That very likely means you. Join the Heart Walk Thursday evening and make a difference.