Helping Hearts This Weekend in Tallahassee

Heart Walk
Posted at 8:00 AM, Nov 06, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-06 04:10:06-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- This weekend is your chance to be one of the thousands supporting the American Heart Association.

An estimated 3,000 people are expected to take part in the 2015 Big Bend Heart Walk.

The annual event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association. This year, the organization is hoping to raise $250,000. Those funds support awareness and education about heart disease and stroke, the No. 1 and the No. 5 killers across the U.S.

According to the American Heart Association, 1.2 million Americans suffer a coronary attack each year, and 700,000 will have a stroke. In Leon County, more than 1,750 deaths are are because of a cardiovascular issue.

"Heart disease has touched so many in the Tallahassee community," said David Faulkenberry, President of FBMC Benefits Management, and 2015 Heart Walk chair. "The only way we have to stop this is by continuing to do research and spread awareness, and that's where the American Heart Association makes the difference."

The 2015 Big Bend Heart Walk is Sunday, November 8 at Cascades Park. Festivities begin at 3 p.m. and the walk gets underway at 3:30 p.m.

WTXL ABC 27's Brittany Kleinpeter is emceeing the event.

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