Wooster – Red carpet paved the way to the finish line as kids in red ponchos and adults in red and white berets completed a 1.5-mile loop around Oak Hill Park on Thursday Wayne Heart Walk Event.
Their colorful clothing distinguishes them from survivors and symbolizes their experiences with heart-related medical conditions and stroke, said Jennifer McNeil, director of communications for the American Heart Association.
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They were among the 900 to 1,000 registered walkers present who raised $139,613 of the $225,000 target prior to the event.
“On (the event) day people usually come in with more donations, so after the event, more will come in,” McNeill said.
All the money will go toward local programs in Wayne County, including blood pressure control, CPR training, nutrition education for schoolchildren and families, research, advocacy and public health education, she said.
Back to attendance figures in the pre-pandemic period
She said that while the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the annual event that started in 2020 and returned in 2021 has returned to normal this year.
Attendance last year was around 600 registered infantrymen while this year saw nearly double that number.
The event featured a Health for Good Festival, which included heart health education, health checks and CPR training, according to an event press release.
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The Kids Zone along with the Whiz Bang Science Show make the kids enjoy interactive learning.
The 2022 Heart Walk is one of about 300 community walks with nearly one million participants nationwide each year, according to the American Heart Association.
This year’s event was co-chaired by Oltman Hospital CEO Orville Gene Kessel and Buehler’s Fresh Foods CEO Mike Davidson.
Davidson said in a press release.