Friday, May 24, 2013
Running For A Cause
The 33rd Annual Heart Run for the American Heart Association Draws Nearly Six Thousand People
Almost six thousand people laced up Saturday, including some of KTVA’s news Team, to join the fight against heart disease at “The 33rd Annual Heart Run for the American Heart Association.”
In the past years officials said the largest footrace in Alaska has raised nearly $140,000s. This year, volunteers hope to make the same, especially since all proceeds go to heart disease research and education. According to officials, every penny counts, because any donation could fund the next treatment break-through.
The Heart Run offered timed and un-timed three and five kilometer events. Some racers are survivors from various forms of heart disease.
“Dr. Kramer is my cardiologist, he's the one who found it, because I didn't have any symptoms at all which made it really special for me to found right away,” said Robert Johnston, a survivor and racer.
Other's volunteered or participated because their family and friends have suffered from heart problems.
“Heart disease has touched my family, my grandmother died of a stroke, my mother died of congestive heart failure, my uncle and my father are both multiple by pass survivors, so it's very personal to me,” said Lisa Sauder, Executive Director at the American Heart Association.