Residents of Fort Wayne rallied together in support of the Northeast Indiana Heart Walk that took place on September 21 to promote physical activity and heart-healthy living all while paying tribute to those touched by the mission.
Hundreds of community members and companies engaged by fundraising for this event to help advance the critical funding needed to advance the life- saving mission of the American Heart Association.
Michael GeRue, Executive Chairman of the Heart Walk, COO of Parkview Heart Institute, took the stage and shared the importance of the community’s participation in this event.
“We want our community members to live longer, healthier lives, and we are doing everything that we can to make this a reality for each and every person who lives here.” GeRue stated.
Besides the new location at Headwaters Park West there were different educational stations added- such as a display of a lambs heart donated by Science Central.
“The lamb heart was a very cool, interactive component. It allowed everyone to see what a real heart looks like,” Melanie Kellogg, Development Director, American Heart Association said. “They had two hearts on display, one that was healthy and another that had a lot of fat on it.”
Blood pressure screenings and CPR trainings also took place that morning. Every participant walked away with knowing more about their heart health and how to improve it.
Funding provides for local programs throughout the year which equated to over 23,000 trained in CPR, 15,283 students engaging in Kids Heart Challenge and over 1,000 women screened and inspired to love their hearts.
“We encourage you to save the date to join us next year on September 12 at Headwaters Park West for the 2020 Heart Walk.” GeRue says.
GeRue has been named the 2020 Heart Walk Executive Chairman. He credits the success of the walk to the help of the community and area sponsors. Local sponsors include Parkview Heart Institute, Parkview Neurosciences, NIPSCO and Sweetwater. For more information, or to make a donation please visit www.FortWayneHeartWalk.org. Donations will be accepted until October 31, 2019 for this year’s campaign.