2013 American Heart Association Heart Walk a Success
Saturday, April 13, the Tri-State community came together to take a stand against heart disease and support the work of the American Heart Association at the 2013 Cabell/Wayne Heart Walk.
“The Heart Walk on Saturday had one of the best turnouts to date,” said Kim Ward, Heart Walk director of the Great Rivers Affiliate of the American Heart Association. “So many company and community teams came out to support the
mission of the AHA, which is, ‘Building Healthier Lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.’ It’s amazing to see the community come together to not only fundraise to further education and research, but also to celebrate heart survivors and pay tribute to loved ones no longer here.”
St. Mary’s Regional Heart Institute was proud to sponsor this year’s Heart Walk. “The treatment and management of heart disease continues to improve based on research and development of new procedures and medications,” said Regina Campbell, director of the St. Mary’s Regional Heart Institute. “For this reason, the Heart Institute at St. Mary’s Medical Center is proud to support the American Heart Association, where 58 percent of each dollar goes toward research and public health education,” she said.
“Heart Disease is the number one cause of death in the Tri-State and the Heart Walk is a great venue to raise people’s awareness of the impact of heart disease on our community. Awareness brings knowledge, knowledge brings understanding and understanding leads to action,” Campbell said. “It is important that everyone understand their risk factors for cardiovascular disease and begin now taking steps to reduce their risk for developing this disease.”
The Heart Walk is projected to raise more than $64,000, with donations still being accepted. The team raising the most money this year was Jenna’s Journey, the team walking for the 2013 honorary chairperson for the walk, Jenna Meadows.
Meadows is five years old and battles congenital heart disease every day. She has had 21 surgeries and more than 50 procedures.
The number two fundraising team, Graysen’s Gang, was also walking for a child, Graysen Keaton, a former honorary walk chairperson. Keaton was born with two serious congenital heart defects. He had three major open heart surgeries before the age of three and is currently preparing for a fourth in the next couple of months.
If you were unable to walk, but would still like to help, you can donate online at www.heart.org/huntingtonwalk or send a check to the American Heart Association, 162 Court Street, Charleston, WV 25301, Attn.: Kim Ward.