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The Oahu Heart and Stroke Walk is just around the corner

The Oahu Heart and Stroke Walk is just around the corner. The Heart & Stroke Walk celebrates those who have made lifestyle changes and encourages many more to take the pledge to live healthier lifestyles while raising the dollars needed to fund life-saving research and initiatives in our local community.

Come walk with us Saturday, August 9th at Kapi`olani Park. The festival opens at 6:30 a.m. and the Walk kicks off at 7:30 a.m.

This free family event includes:

  • A health fair & preventative screenings
  • Kids' Zone
  • CPR training
  • FREE heart-healthy snacks & beverages!

 Create a Community Team!  Each year more than 3,200 people in Hawaii die from heart disease. There’s still time to recruit friends and family to walk with you and raise money for a great cause.

Be sure to stop by the advocacy booth and sign a postcard in support of adding CPR training in Hawaii high schools. If you are interesting in helping at the advocacy booth please click here to email Don Weisman.

We hope to see you on August 9th!

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Portland Heart and Stroke Walk is Just Around the Corner

The Portland Heart and Stroke Walk is just around the corner. The Heart & Stroke Walk celebrates those who have made lifestyle changes and encourages many more to take the pledge to live healthier lifestyles while raising the dollars needed to fund life-saving research and initiatives in our local community. Come walk with us Saturday, May 17th at the Eastbank Esplanade. The festival opens at 8:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 9:30 a.m.

Create a Community Team! There’s still time to recruit friends and family to walk with you and raise money for a great cause.

Be sure to stop by the advocacy booth and sign a postcard in support of adding CPR training in Oregon high schools. If you are interesting in helping at the advocacy booth please click here to email Sarah Higginbotham.

This year’s walk promises to be an inspiring and exciting event. We hope to see you on May 17th!

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Advocate Spotlight: Jacob's Heart

Jacob's Heart, California

Nicole Dinubilo-Wells is the mother of twins—Julianna and Jacob—who were born five weeks early on June 3, 2004. Jacob Ryan Wells was born with a critical congenital heart defect (CCHD) called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. With this CCHD, the left side of Jake’s heart–including the aorta, aortic valve, left ventricle and mitral valve—was underdeveloped. Since birth, Jake went through six open-heart surgeries, a few medi-flight helicopter rides to Stanford, and a few other gastrointestinal surgeries, as well as surgeries that were not even FDA approved. According to Nicole, his little, brave life endured much triumph, pain, trials and struggles. Through it all, and during the long hospital stays, he had such a strong spirit, always having a smile on his face. He was the happiest little boy you could ever know, with only half a heart, his mom says.

Sadly, Jacob lost his battle to his heart disease on April 26, 2011, at the young age of six years old after having complications from another corrective heart surgery.

Since Jacob’s passing, Nicole has been an active supporter of the American Heart Association, raising funds for Heart Walk and sharing her son’s story to help pass pulse ox legislation in California. She and Jacob’s father, Bryan, have been involved with the San Joaquin Heart Walk since 2011 and formed the team “Jacob’s Heart” in his memory.

Jacob was such a true inspiration to so many people and touched so many hearts during his short little life,” said Nicole. “My intent is to keep Jacob’s memory alive and make ‘Jacob’s Heart’ a recognizable icon in our community. My hope is that being involved in raising funds for the American Heart Association will help make a difference.”

To help with fundraising efforts, Nicole recently held a shrimp feed at the Italian Athletic Club and the second annual Jacob’s Heart memorial bowling tournament at Pacific Avenue Bowl while Bryan held the second annual Jacob’s Heart memorial golf tournament at the Elkhorn Golf Club, all of which they said were great successes. So far, their combined efforts have raised over $15,000 for this year’s Heart Walk.

My son Jacob had such a huge spirit which has impacted me and so many others,” said Bryan. “I am honored to keep his memory alive by raising money for the American Heart Association. I know he is looking down on us and smiling.”

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Utah Heart/Stroke Walk & Run 5k

Guest Blogger: Marc Watterson, Senior Government Relations Director, Utah

The American Heart Association|American Stroke Association here in Utah is excited to announce our upcoming Heart|Stroke Walk & Run 5k on September 21st at Sugar House Park!

Three years ago, the AHA|ASA set an impact goal: By 2020, to improve the cardiovascular health of all American by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent. Your efforts as a Heart Walk participant help get us achieve that goal.

By signing up to walk, run or volunteer you are helping us achieve our mission of improving health and saving lives! The donations we receive through this event support our mission by funding research that explores the No. 1 and No. 3 killers in Utah – cardiovascular diseases and stroke respectively – and seeks to find new solutions in our fight against these preventable diseases!

Volunteers are an integral part of the success of this event – we simply cannot do it without your help! To sign-up for the walk/race or to register to be a volunteer click here or e-mail Marc Watterson if you are interested in helping out with our “You’re the Cure” table and events. There are several ways to help out before, during, and after the event. We would love your support and look forward to seeing you there!

If you have questions about any of our event volunteer opportunities, please contact the Heart|Stroke Walk & Run 5k Team at (801) 484-3838 or e-mail Rebecca Sciarrino.

By the way, did you know that this year alone researchers from multiple universities here in Utah received over $1 million in research grants from the AHA|ASA? It is the generous donation of your time and money that helps us accomplish these types of achievements. Thanks to your efforts, You’re the Cure for heart disease and stroke!

Thank you again for your participation! We are looking forward to another great year working to make our community a healthier place to live!

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