Murfreesboro Heart Walk supports heart disease awareness - WKRN News 2

Murfreesboro Heart Walk supports heart disease awareness

Posted: Updated: Sep 16, 2013 02:28 AM
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Nearly one thousand people came together Saturday to help fight heart disease and stroke through the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

Runners and walkers took their marks at St. Thomas Medical Center in Murfreesboro.

For Tracey Pickens and her family, the walk was personal.

"It's in memory of my brother. He was 47 and he died of a heart attack," she said, wearing a T-shirt that read "In Memory of Terry Newby."

Rick Casebeer also walked the course.

"We're just doing it for everyone. I work for the Heart Association and we're just doing it for all the people out there that have had heart disease and cardiac issues," he said.

Casebeer continued, "Seeing people carrying the torches for people and the badges for survivors, it means everything to them and we're just glad to be out here for them on such a beautiful day."

Runners completed a 2 mile course around the medical center, while the largest group walked, hula-hooped or were pushed in wheelchairs.

The goal was to raise as much money as possible to educate people in Rutherford County about heart disease, stroke, and good health.

"The Heart Association on the national level is the greatest funder of research for heart health and stroke, and on a local basis a lot of money goes back into our schools and community education," said chairman of the walk David Hoke.

"Obesity has become a big problem among young people so a lot of that money goes to back into school systems to help educate our young people there," he continued.

Stroke survivor Sedonia Thompson walked with several friends and said the walk helped every person who made their way around the course.

"They're taking into consideration their health too" she said. "A lot of them are walking for others which is very important but they're also walking and helping their health and getting their heart healthy as well."

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