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Heart walk a success

Cool weather didn’t deter the fun, or the determination, of participants in the 6th annual American Heart Association heart walk.

"The event went very well," said Mark Bazzell, volunteer with the Pike County chapter of the Heart Association. "We were worried about the cold weather, but we had a excellent turnout."

Bazzell said some 31 survivors participated Saturday in the traditional survivors breakfast, honoring individuals who survived a heart attack or stroke. And teams and individuals joined in for the walk, which offered 1-mile and 3-mile course options.

"The final count is not in, but right now it looks like we raised between $20,000 and $25,000," he said, and he estimated donations will exceed last year’s by at least $3,500. "It’s growing."

"We had a lot more participation," including that of sponsors and businesses, who contributed nearly $9,400 in sponsorships, he said.

"We really appreciate all our sponsors."

Those included Gold Sponsor Edge Regional Medical Center; Red Cap Sponsors

Troy Bank & Trust, TB&T investments; Silver Sponsors, Troy Rotary, Sanders Trucklines, Harris Tire, Garrett’s IGA, Lockheed Martin; and Bronze Sponsors, Whaley Construction, Troy New Car Dealers Association, Troy Auto Parts, Southtrust Bank, Regions Bank, Pike Internal Medicine, HYPER Club, Hendricks Homecenter, Gibson & Carden and AG Edwards & Sons.