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Tri-Cities Heart Walk raises $110,000 to fight heart disease

November 16th, 2011 10:22 pm by staff report

The 2011 Tri Cities Heart Walk held at the end of October welcomed approximately 500 walkers and raised more than $110,000, an 80 percent growth in fund-raising from last year’s event.

On a sunny fall afternoon, walkers representing company teams and individual teams joined heart disease survivors in festivities at Northeast State Community College before the walk.

Festivities included a kid’s zone with a huge walk through an educational heart, face painting and juggling. Other activities allowed participants to eat heart-healthy snacks, learn about lifestyle changes and health factors, enjoy live music, as well as cruise education booths set up by event sponsors.

Northeast State and Laughlin Memorial Hospital were recognized as the top Fundraising Companies, and Robert Anest was awarded as the Top Fundraising Walker.

Prior to the walk, a ceremony was held to recognize survivors, share stories of the fight against heart disease, and learn more about heart disease prevention. The walk kicked off at 3 p.m., around the walking trail at Northeast State.

Funds raised will go to research, education and community outreach programs to fight cardiovascular disease, the No. 1 killer of men and women — one in three Americans.

This year’s corporate sponsors were Mountain States Health Alliance, HealthSouth, Marsh Propane, AO Smith, Amedisys, Suntrust Bank, Citi Group, Johnson City Power Board, General Shale, NN Inc., and Eastman Credit Union.

Those who still wish to donate to the Tri Cities Heart Walk may do so by visiting or e-mail Marty Price, regional director at or calling 1-800-357-6941 ext. 2273.

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