$32,000 raised at Heart Walk

Published 6:12 pm Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The 2013 Pike County Heart Walk annual fundraiser in support of the American Heart Association Tuesday night was a great success from fundraising to fun raising.

Elizabeth Mitchell, Pike County Heart Association board chair, said that the campaign raised more than $32,000 in the fight against heart disease, which is the number one killer of Americans.

“That’s not the exact total because we still some more money to come in,” Mitchell said. “We are very pleased with the funds raised and want to thank the people of Pike County for their generosity and support of the American Heart Association. We also want to thank the many who volunteered their time and talents to make the Pike County Heart Walk campaign a success.”

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Mitchell said the Heart Walk at the Troy Sportsplex attracted a large crowd of all ages.

“This was one of the largest crowds in recent years and I think everyone enjoyed the new venue,” Mitchell said. “Having the Heart Walk at the Troy Sportsplex provided us with a walking track and this was the first time that we’ve been able to have an ‘organized’ walk.”

Mitchell said the competition for the prizes for the most laps walked was friendly but competitive.

“We had a few people who were almost running trying to get in one more lap before time was up,” she said. “Everyone had an opportunity to win a prize no matter how many or how few laps they walked.”

Mitchell said the 2013 Pike County Heart Walk is now one for the books but already thoughts are turning toward 2014.

“The Pike County Heart Association will kick off the 2014 Heart Walk campaign in late August or September,” Mitchell said. “Our board always welcomes new members so we encourage anyone who would like to join to contact us,”

“We are still accepting donations for this year’s campaign. Anyone who would like to make a donation may do so by contacting Traci Davis at Troy Bank and Trust.”