A fun evening kicks off Heart Walk season

Heart Walk kickoff

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - The American Heart Association kicked off its North Country Heart Walk season Tuesday.

Walkers, survivors, and volunteers gathered at the Ramada in Watertown.

The event featured fun physical activities with field day games, such as a beanbag toss and a game of heart high-five tag.

Organizers say the field day program is a new way for teams and to get active and support a heart-healthy mission.

The walk is scheduled for May 2 at Jefferson Community College and registration is now open.

One of this year's honorees is Cara Aguirre, a two-time stroke survivor at just 35 years old.

“So when I was in my 20s, I had two mini-strokes,” Aguirre said. “I’m here to spread the news on how to be heart healthy and why it’s important to eat healthy and exercise and so others know the symptoms -- what to look for in case someone they know has any of them.”

"When Cara stood up there and talked about FAST, the symptoms of stroke, those are things people need to know," American heart Association regional director Stacy Spaziani said, "and with her sharing that story, we hope that they will, so that when and if someone has a stroke they will know those signs and if they don't, someone around them does."

FAST stands for the signs of a stroke in progress: facial drooping, arm weakness, speech difficulties, and time to call 911.

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