Walkers of all ages will take steps to advance the fight against heart disease and stroke and support the local American Heart Association on Saturday, Oct. 6 at Cheney Stadium. Almost 2,000 walkers are expected, including survivors of heart disease and stroke, corporate teams, and community teams honoring a loved one.
Heart disease and stroke are two of the leading killers in America. Although death rates have gone down by an incredible 25-percent in the last decade, one out of three Americans has some form of cardiovascular disease, and too many are still living with preventable risk factors, including lack of physical activity, diabetes, and obesity.
“I am thrilled to see the South Sound Heart and Stroke Walk at Cheney Stadium this year,” said Aaron Artman, chair for the 2012 and 2013 walks and president, Tacoma Rainiers. “With so many people affected by cardiovascular disease, this walk not only honors survivors but inspires everyone to lead heart-healthy lifestyles as well. With the incredible support from our community, we know that we will be taking a step forward in the effort to save lives.”
The South Sound Heart and Stroke Walk, formerly known as the Pierce County Heart Walk, is the largest community event for the American Heart Association in South Sound, and the goal is to raise awareness and funding for cardiovascular research to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Under Artman’s leadership, organizers hope to raise $240,000.
The Heart and Stroke Walk is a non-competitive event, with four-mile and one-mile options. There will also be a children’s and survivor’s parade around the perimeter of Cheney Stadium shortly before the walk begins at 9:30 a.m. Community members interested in participating can sign up online at www.southsoundheartwalk.org or by calling the American Heart Association in Tacoma at (253) 272-7854. There is no registration fee; donations only.
The South Sound Heart and Stroke Walk is nationally sponsored by Subway and Jenny Craig, and locally sponsored by MultiCare Health System, Columbia Bank, General Plastics, and Union Bank.