Over $220K Raised at Heart Walk; Survivors Share Stories

Over $220K Raised at Heart Walk; Survivors Share Stories

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"It's very emotional,but in a good way."

Kayla Gardner is a young mother who was born with a heart defect that she passed on to her nine-month old son who's doing well now. She also had a daughter born with the heart disease HLHS, who passed away. Those are her reasons for taking part in the 24th annual North Country Heart Walk.

"It's very emotional,but in a good way," Gardner said. "It's so nice to see all of the support that we have and that we are not alone. It's comforting and it's just really nice to have the support."

The walk, which took place at Jefferson Community College, began with an opening ceremony in the gymnasium, where survivors of heart disease like Gardner and stroke took to the stage to tell their story around some healthy-heart exhibits.

"I am a stroke survivor. I've had a stroke, a mini stroke and a CVA which is a Cerebral Vascular Attack, so I am out walking for myself," said Debby Schrecengast, who walked Saturday.

Those walking have the choice of two routes, one is one mile, the other is three miles and all proceeds go to the American Heart Association.

Heart disease is the nation's number one cause of death and stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the country. 

The walk raised a total of $220,000 for the American Heart Association. 

Not only raising money, but coming together as a community of those affected by heart disease.. 

7 News First at Five Anchor John Moore was the emcee of the walk. 7 News is a sponsor of the North Country Heart Walk. 

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