"Most people who participate are doing so because they are either a survivor or have a loved one who has passed on [because of heart disease]," said Debra. " We are no different in that respect, but what it truly remarkable is the continued show of support for Nick by his friends. They come out and walk, and their parents support the effort by making a donation."
The Plattsburgh Start! Heart Walk raised more than $167,000 and is one of thousands of walks sponsored by the American Heart Association throughout the country. All revenue generated from this event fights cardiovascular disease and stroke - the number one cause of death in the U.S. Currently, the AHA is investing more than $147 million in valuable biomedical research at institutions throughout the nation.