By: Ebonee Burrell | Editor in Chief
On Oct. 5, The American Heart Association held its annual Mobile Heart Walk at the University of South Alabama. The community joined together to walk to help raise money and awareness of heart disease across the nation.
Over 300 walkers participated in this year’s walk. The community came out to enjoy several activities which included music, games, face painting, photo booths, dancing, and competitions for prizes. Healthy snacks were also provided. The walk began at 9:00 a.m., which is a 3-mile route throughout the school’s campus beginning at the Multon Bell Tower.
“It’s important for others to be aware of the risks of heart disease,” said Joyce Small, survivor of heart disease. “Raising money for awareness helps a lot more than people think because heart disease is so common in families and can happen to anyone at any age.”
The purpose of the heart walk is to honor the survivors of heart disease and stroke in the Mobile community. The proceeds from the participants went to help raising money to save lives across the nation.
“This is my third year walking,” said Michelle Abraham, walker at the event, “I always enjoy it because the atmosphere is so welcoming and it is for a great cause.”
Providence Hospital had a survivor tent which gave red or white caps to survivors of heart disease and stroke that came and participated in the walk. Survivors were encouraged to join the conversation and connect with others who have survived through the American Heart Association support network.
According to heart.org, this years goal was $400,000 and so far 44% of that goal has been reached. There were many sponsors that helped contribute to the event including Providence Hospital, Austal, Mobile Infirmary, USA Health, Hargrove Engineers and Construction and Spring Hill College.