Brevard Shows a Big Heart With 1,000 At Brevard Heart Walk

By  //  September 15, 2012


BREVARD COUNTY• VIERA, FLORIDA— Over 1,000 people from all over Brevard volunteered their time to walk in the American Heart Association Brevard Heart Walk Saturday morning in Viera at Space Coast Stadium.

“My Heart. My Life” is the slogan used by the American Heart Association which organized today’s walk, nationally sponsored by Jenny Craig.

Dozens of great stories moved people to action today. “Why Are You Walking Today?” That’s the question we asked dozen of people from all over Brevard who came together for the Heart Association’s annual walk.

Saturday was a soaring, inspirational and thoroughly healthy day at Space Coast Stadium.

Tremendous Turnout

American Heart Association, Event specialist, Allison Crouch was one of the organizers of the event “These great people will walk about four miles to show their support of the American Heart Association and we are very pleased with the turnout” said Crouch.

Many community and business organizations were represented including Health First Health Plans, Parrish Medical Center, Lite Rock 99.3FM, Health South Sea Pines Rehabilitation Center, Wuesthoff Medical and many more.

Many teams were also put together from the community.

“My whole family is here. We lost two of our extended family members to heart disease and so we are here in remembrance of them and to stay healthy” said Janet Stout of Melbourne.

There were no fees to enter the walk and walkers were eligible for a Heart Walk t-shirt once they raised a minimum of $100.

Captain Anesthesia Team Mascot

Just one example of the many spirited local teams was the Captain Anesthesia from Holmes Regional Medical Center made up of team members Nikole Gilbert, Shena Scott, Drew Gilbert, John Lydon, Dan McDonough, Danielle McDonough, Robert Novo, Lyle Saltzman, Tiffany Snyder who collectively raised $4500.

The goal of the event was to raise $100,000 and $107,794 was raised.

The American Heart Association is the largest voluntary health organization working to prevent, treat and defeat heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.

These diseases, the Nation’s No.1 and No.4 killers, claim more than 813,804 American lives a year.