Did you know that heart disease and stroke are among the top five causes of death in the United States today, with heart disease ranking at #1? Heart disease and stroke kill more than 800,000 Americans each year. The American Heart Association works hard to fight both heart disease and stroke all over the country, including in South Florida.
The annual Broward Heart Walk, which aims to raise more than $1 million in the name of education, prevention, care and scientific testing just from this event alone, will be held on Sunday, April 12 at Nova Southeastern University (3301 College Ave., Fort Lauderdale). Registration will begin at 8 a.m. with the walk beginning at 9 a.m. The staging area will be in front of the Alvin Sherman Library.
Registration is free for anyone who would like to participate, but if you are raising money for the cause, pre-register your profile on browardheartwalk.kintera.org and have your friends and family donate in your name to the American Heart Association. People who raise more than $100 are eligible for an American Heart Walk T-shirt, to be handed out at the event. This walk is a five-kilometer route at Nova Southeastern University. The first mile is a “red cap” walk, so named for and dedicated to survivors of stroke and heart ailments.
Organizers hope to raise $1 million, and as of press time, over $500,000 had been donated by individuals and companies. To make your donation, either to a person participating in the race or to the American Heart Association directly, visit browardheartwalk.kintera.org.
Sponsors of the 2015 Broward Heart Walk include Holy Cross Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Rick Case Automotive Group, Dealer Services Network, WSVN-TV FOX 7, JM Family Enterprises, Broward Health, Memorial Healthcare System, Vitas Innovative Hospice Care, City College, Comerica Bank, AutoNation, Regions Bank, One Beat CPR & AED, Florida Medical Center, Stiles Corporation, and Aetna.