Another year of the Ohio Valley Heart Walk happened at Heritage Port this morning.
The 5K walk not only raises cardiac awareness but it’s also an attempt to fund some leading organizations providing both care and research.
7news was one of the sponsors for the event. But we also learned more about where the money goes and why so many people want to walk for the cause.
“We’ve raised over 50 thousand dollars for this event today. We’re doing this to combat cardiovascular disease and stroke. Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of Americans. Stroke is the number five killer of Americans and every dollar we’ve raised today goes to beating and anatomical heart,” said AHA Heart Walk Director, Ryan Gerico.
There were also many survivors there to share their personal journeys. Jennifer Rohrig, Wheeling shared hers.
“I’m walking today in honor of my mother Joan. She died very unexpectedly when she was 50 years old from a heart attack. She had none of the regular signs or symptoms that people think to look for. I’m also walking in honor of my father Jeff who had triple bypass a year ago in August and is doing fantastic,” she said.
Now, we do want to mention, there were some slight complications. The stage along the Ohio River was completely submerged in water! But the walk went on without a hitch.