The Wilson Heart Walk, the American Heart Association’s annual fundraiser, will be held Saturday at the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf. Registration will begin at 8 a.m., and the walk kicks off at 9.
Walkers hope to raise $170,000 to support heart disease and stroke research and education programs that benefit the community. Research funded by the American Heart Association has been responsible for advances such as bypass surgery, life extending drug therapies and CPR, according to the organization.
Hubert Vester, owner of Hubert Vester Auto Group, serves as chairman of the Wilson Heart Walk.
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of Americans. Stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death and the leading cause of long-term disability. An average of one death every 39 seconds occurs due to heart disease and stroke.
As well as the 1-mile or 3-mile walk, walkers will enjoy a kids’ zone, receive helpful heart healthy living tips and screenings, snap a #heartwalking selfie at the TapSnap photo booth and get moving with warm-up activities.
Teams consist of walkers representing local companies and include family and friends of all ages. Heart disease and stroke survivors will be provided with red or white ball caps that read “Fighting Back” to honor their battle against cardiovascular disease. Walkers can also honor loved ones who lost their battle with cardiovascular disease at the memorial wall display.
The Wilson Heart Walk is locally sponsored by BB&T, Smithfield Foods, Wilson Medical Center, S.T. Wooten Corp., Hubert Vester Auto Group, White’s Tractor and Truck, Bridgestone Americas, Watson Electrical, T.A. Loving Co., Merck and First Citizens Bank. Heart Walk is nationally sponsored by Subway.
Teams can sign up to participate and learn more at www.wilsonheartwalk.org or contact Erin Fox, American Heart Association development director, at firstname.lastname@example.org and 252-559-0026.