Walkers raise more than $11,000 to fight heart disease and stroke

More than 200 walkers joined the American Heart Association to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives at the Rome Indoor Walk. Walkers raised more than $11,000 to fight heart disease and stroke; our number one and number five killers. The event was held at Rome Free Academy and sponsored by Rome Memorial Hospital.

Three Red Cap Ambassadors shared their stories. Peter Corigliano,of Rome, and Kie Cullings, of Taberg, are young survivors of congenital heart defects. Robert Miller, of New Hartford, had a valve repaired and a pacemaker installed.

The Rome Indoor Walk offered different walk courses to attract different types of walkers; for the person that would like a leisurely walk, there was an indoor oval track and for the more avid walker there were challenging courses around the school.

The morning was filled with family-friendly activities for the children to enjoy, along with entertainment, at Sydney’s Circle. Sydney was a Rome resident who passed away from heart disease and Sydney’s Circle is a way to honor her memory with a fun-filled morning of activities. 

There were many vendors at the Expo for the community to visit, including interactive health education and an opportunity to pre-register for America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk.

If you are interested in forming a fundraising team for America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk on Saturday, March 7th, you can register for the event at www.uticaheartrunwalk.org.

America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk 2020 is locally sponsored by signature sponsor NYCM Insurance; local sponsors Scalzo, Zogby and Wittig, Inc. Insurance; Slocum-Dickson Medical Group; and AmeriCU Credit Union. A minimum amount of $30 in pledges for participants 16 years and older is required at registration to participate in the Heart Run & Walk.  For more information on America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk 2020, please contact the American Heart Association at 315.580.3964 or visit www.uticaheartrunwalk.org.

By martha

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