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American Heart Association saves lives

Walkers turn out for awards ceremony and support

Louise and Ed Mazuchowski at the awards ceremony for the American Heart Association 2011 Heart Walk.

Louise and Ed Mazuchowski at the awards ceremony for the American Heart Association 2011 Heart Walk.

— Kim Trombley underwent open-heart surgery in 2009.

Since 2009 she’s been very involved in the American Heart Association.

“Once I was told I needed surgery it took on a whole different meaning for me,” said the Champlain resident. “In my situation there are no warning signs, so education is very important.”

She was part of team Pfizer, which was recognized Jan. 18 at the American Heart Association’s 2011 Heart Walk awards ceremony at Olive Ridley’s in Plattsburgh.

Team Pfizer took first place in the team category for raising $12,606.

Rick Martindale of Plattsburgh took first place for individual fundraiser and the top community team was Hearts for Love.

In all, the Oct. 15, 2011 Heart Walk raised roughly $117,000. About 1,500 walkers participated to raise money for the American Heart Association, which conducts research to fight heart disease and stroke.

Heart disease is the number-one killer in America, while stroke is number four.

“It is probably just about what we raise every year, and it is a wonderful commitment on part of the entire community,” said Kathy McCarthy, senior regional director of communication for the American Heart Association. “It was a great day.”

James Snook was the 2011 chair for the event.

Heart disease runs in his family.

“I fight my weight constantly.”

But through the American Heart Association he learned about weight management.

“This is my way of giving back,” Snook said. “The money goes right back to CVPH and the Heart Foundation. That money is well spent.”

PJ Whitbeck will chair the 2012 American Heart Association Heart Walk.

“So many people are affected directly by this,” Whitbeck said. “It is very important.”

Not only does the Heart Walk raise money for research, but some of the funds go toward education and outreach.

“Locally we work to educate people on heart disease and stroke prevention,” said Keri mack, regional director of the American Heart Association. “We do outreach with hospitals and schools and raise money for life-saving research.

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