Heart Walk In Ocala Brings Community Together
GAINESVILLE - Heart disease is the number one killer in America. However a walk in Marion County is bringing people together to raise funds and fight against heart disease.
Your heart is more than just a symbol of life. Cory Pool the chair for the 2014 Marion County Heart Walk, knows that better than anyone. "My grandfather had five massive heart attacks at 65 and after that he was debilitated... He had retired and he couldn't spend his golden years with family and friends," Pool said.
It can also become a risk, if you don't take care of it. According to the "centers for disease control and prevention" heart disease is the number one killer in the nation, strokes are number 4. These diseases claim more than 800,000 lives in the US each year.
This is why Angel Sanchez and his family come out to the Marion County Heart Walk" every year. "I think it's extremely important to get people out and walking and understanding the importance of heart healthy living... that's fantastic," Sanchez said.
Since 2006 the American Heart Association has hosted this 3 mile walk in Ocala. Walkers donate or raise at least $25, towards research.
"I think heart disease and stroke being the number and number 4 killers... I think for families to have their relatives, their family members live longer through the research the American Heart Association does... I think it's going to allow people to live longer, it's going to allow people to enjoy their life."
Over 3,000 three people came out to show their support. With heart filled messages, the people who were part of this walk made sure to express the reason they support this cause.
"This is all about hope... this is all about hope for the future... being better than today and for us to have a healthier heart future," Pool said.
This year, the Marion County Heart Walk exceeded their goal of $250,000 and more donations are still coming in.
For more information on how to prevent heart disease, click here.
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