Heart Walk raises #036;18,000

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 1, 2000

for Heart Association


Staff Writer

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Feb. 29, 2000 11 PM

Although final figures have not been tallied, Pike County raised over $18,000 for the American Heart Association.

About 100 people participated in the annual American Heart Walk this past weekend and raised money to support putting an end to a killer ­ heart disease.

In 1999, Pike County raised $18,000 and set the goal at $25,000 for this year to help finance cardiovascular research projects.

Funds raised during the Heart Walks held across the nation are also used to fund community education and worksite wellness programs, which are vital to the health of all Americans since heart disease continues to kill more and more people each year.

And, Pike County is one of those areas which ranks above average in victims of heart disease.

According to statistics, 42 percent of deaths occurring in the county are due to heart attacks and stroke.

Across Alabama, the average is 40 percent.

While working for a common goal participants in the Heart Walk also enjoyed entertainment from some cloggers and had their blood pressure and cholesterol checked.

"Everyone seemed to have a good time," said Susan Cullen of the American Heart Association. "It was a lot of fun."

Cullen said the final amount raised should be calculated in the next few days.