Tackling Heart Disease And Strokes One Step At A TIme

Apr 21, 2015

Credit IL Heart Assoc.

The 2015 Springfield Heart & Stroke Walk is a family-friendly fundraiser for the American Heart Association. Participants build teams of walkers who raise funds on behalf of their workplace or a loved one who suffered from heart disease or the effects of a stroke. The Executive Leadership Team has a goal of raising $100,000 for the American Heart Association; walkers who raise at least $100 will receive a t-shirt and are eligible for other prizes.

At the walk, participants can enjoy kids’ activities, fitness demonstrations, health screenings, and heart-healthy snacks. The American Heart Association will recognize heart disease and stroke survivors, and walkers can make tributes to loved ones.

Participants can enjoy a 1 or 3 mile walk around Southwind Park’s beautiful walk path. A tram is provided for heart disease and stroke survivors unable to walk the path.

Carrie Skogsberg (left) and Paula Harwood in the WUIS studios.
Credit WUIS

The 2015 Springfield Heart & Stroke Walk is locally sponsored by Memorial Medical Center and Blue Cross Blue Shield of IL, and is chaired by Mitch Rogers, Cardiovascular Service Line Leader at Memorial Health System.

WHEN: Saturday, May 2

8 a.m. – Registration opens, activity booths are open

8:30 a.m. – Stage program and fitness warm-up

9 a.m. – Walk steps off

WHERE: Hope’s Pavilion at Southwind Park

4965 S. 2nd Street, Springfield

TO REGISTER: Log on to www.springfieldilheartwalk.org to start a team or to join an existing team. Interested walkers can also call the Springfield AHA office for assistance at 217-698-3838. For sponsorship or to start a company team, please call Karen Gedrose at 217-899-6985 or email Karen.gedrose@heart.org.