Written By Kymm Wallace
Sneakers on (check), water (check), family (check), and we are out the door. On Saturday, June 7, 2014, my aunt, younger cousins, uncle, my Mother (whom I’ve deemed, THE STROKE SURVIVOR), and me set out to Oak Ridge Park in Clark, NJ for the annual Heart Walk.
The Heart Walk featured so many sponsors from radio to our local pharmacy, in addition to public supporters.
From the minute we arrived, it was all about health and community. Although, heart disease and stroke are serious topics, the American Heart Association did their best to make sure we all had a good time and prepped us for the walk with some light cardio. After the group workout, they fueled us with refreshments and snacks and cheered us on our way.
In between the start of the walk and the finish line, the volunteers were very sure to keeps us hydrated and raring to go.
My Mother was very determined to be one of the first to finish. She’s in the picture below, with the big red bag.
After this harsh winter, I refuse to complain about the heat. WOOOO, it was hot. I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy to see a finish line, as was the woman in front of me seemed to be ecstatic to see the red and white ballooned finished line.
Every year, The American Heart Association holds THE HEART WALK in an effort to raise money for public education about heart disease and stroke, two of the leading causes of death in our country. Although the Union County Association fell short of their goal to raise $140,000, they did succeed in raising $55,800.
The National Heart Association will host a additional walks around the country throughout the summer. On behalf of the Association we invite our readers to support the organization’s efforts to reduce the negative impact of heart disease and stroke by participating and helping them to achieve their overall goal. You can start by clicking the link below, to find a walk near you.