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Anchorage Heart Walk Raises Funds for Lifesaving Research

ANCHORAGE  – An estimated 400 people showed that they could make a lifesaving difference through their participation in Saturday’s Anchorage Heart Walk held in downtown Anchorage. As of Saturday, the event had raised more than $80,000 for research and educational programs that fight heart disease and stroke, the No. 1 and No. 3 killers of Americans.  Donations are still being turned in. Walker income exceeded this year’s goal, and came in at $50,000 and counting.

The Anchorage Heart Walk is the largest community event for the local American Heart Association, and is a non-competitive walk that celebrates survivors of heart disease and stroke and a healthier community.

This year’s top teams:

· Top Transportation Team—TOTE Heart Throbs

· Top Construction Team—Harnish Group/NC Machinery

· Top Insurance/Professional Services Team—Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska

· Top Healthcare Team—Alaska Regional Hospital

· Largest Team—CIRI/Dorsey & Whitney in memory of Keith Sanders

· Top Team —Alyeska Pipeline Service Company

This year’s top walkers:

· Top Moms With Heart Walker—Lydia Gray

· Top Walker—Angela Walters

· Top Youth Walker—Ryan Emerson

 

There is still time to give to the Heart Walk and help save even more lives.  To make a donation, visit www.anchorageheartwalk.org.

Funds raised go directly to heart and stroke research and education programs. Research funded by the American Heart Association has yielded important discoveries such as CPR, life-extending drugs, angioplasty, bypass surgery and surgical techniques to repair heart defects.

The Heart Walk, an American Heart Association national event, is sponsored nationally by Subway. Local sponsors included Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska, Northern Air Cargo, Anchorage Fracture and Orthopedic Clinic, Alaska Regional Hospital, Children’s Hospital at Providence, Providence Alaska Medical Center and Alyeska Pipeline Service Company. Media sponsors were  97.3 KOOL FM, Coastal Television and The Anchorage Press.

For information, call your local American Heart Association at 907-865-5300 or visit www.anchorageheartwalk.org.

 

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