Brevard’s Heart Walk
The American Heart Association (AHA) funds more research than any other U.S. organization except the federal government. It spends nearly 80 cents of every dollar it receives on research, education and community. Research dollars support scientific studies seeking new discoveries related to causes, prevention and treatment of heart disease and stroke. The organization also works to implement policies, such as healthy eating options in workplaces and schools, as well as physical education. For a country that spends nearly $150 billion yearly on obesity-related medical conditions, being active is just as important as funding research to combat heart disease.
As the participants of the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk put shoes to the pavement, they walk with a purpose: raising money to combat the county’s number one and number five killers, heart disease and stroke. According to the American Heart Association, more than one million walkers will participate in the 2018 Heart Walk, which has nearly 350 events nationwide. Brevard County’s Heart Walk will be at The Avenue, February 24 at 8 a.m. Walkers have the option of walking one mile or three.
In the past, the Brevard event has typically raised approximately $65,000 with approximately 1,000 attendees. This year the plans are loftier, with a fundraising goal of $100,000, with $45,485 raised as of January. Many local organizations have supported the Heart Walk over the years, including Wuesthoff Health System and Parrish Medical Center. Organizations like these and others are highly committed to the cause, especially given the severity of the disease and the work the AHA has exerted in Brevard County.
While corporations are instrumental in making the event a success, the Heart Walk ultimately relies on the individuals who participate in the event to help achieve the organization’s goal of improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent and reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent by the year 2020.
The Heart Walk is more than a fundraising event. It’s also an opportunity for those across the county affected by this powerful disease, or those who know someone who has been affected, to unite and work towards a cause that will improve Brevard as a whole.
February 24, 2018
join people from all walks of life to trek along The Avenue and raise money towards ending heart disease.
register at bit.ly/2kvUZTB