Source: Bonnie Carroll, American Heart Association
More than 500 people from Santa Barbara and nearby cities participated in the 2017 Santa Barbara Heart & Stroke Walk at Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort, Festivities, registration and the Health Expo were followed by the walk/run. Union Bank Regional Manager Vincent Caballero again served as Chair of this year’s Heart & Stroke Walk/Run. The event was emceed by KEYT’s Joe Buttitta and Kelsey Gerckens.
Dos Pueblos High School Band & Cheerleaders kicked off the race, and throughout the morning walkers & runners visited the booths of contributing sponsors, and enjoyed food & refreshments with their families. Fresh fruit, rolls, snacks and coffee were available, and delicious Subway sandwiches were enjoyed by all. It was a heart warming morning to raise funds for this worthwhile charity in the Rotunda of Fess Parker Double Tree Resort.
The 5K walk/non-competitive run encourages healthy habits while raising funds to support the American Heart Association’s research and education efforts to fight heart disease and stroke – the nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 health threat to both men and women. As the number one cause of death in our nation, heart disease is also the No. 1 killer in Santa Barbara. Apart from the walk/run, the event features a Survivor Miracle Mile, Kid Zone, Dog Zone, Health and Wellness Expo, refreshments and snacks. Registration for the 5k walk is free while fundraising and making a personal donation are encouraged.
Cardiovascular, heart and stroke diseases are the number 1 killer of both men and women in the U.S. – killing about 2,200 Americans each day – one every 40 seconds. Heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases are the leading killers in the United States, claiming the lives of more than 830,000 men, women and children every year. The Heart Walk brings the community together to raise awareness and much-needed funds to fight these diseases.
The Heart Walk is sponsored locally by Cottage Heart & Vascular Center, Subway, Yardi, Montecito Bank & Trust, Wells Fargo, Union Bank, Sansum Clinic, Central Coast Home Health & Hospice and more. For more information regarding the Santa Barbara Heart & Stroke Walk, please visit www.SBHeartWalk.com
Emcees Joey Buttitta & Kelsey Gerchens KEYT3 3
Montecito Bank Sponsors
Central Coast Home Health & Hospice Sponsors
Linked In Team
Sansum Clinic Health Team
Dos Pueblos Drum Band & Cheerleaders
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org
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About the American Stroke Association
The American Stroke Association is devoted to saving people from stroke — the No. 2 cause of death in the world and a leading cause of serious disability. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat stroke. The Dallas-based association officially launched in 1998 as a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-888-4STROKE or visit StrokeAssociation.org
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The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association receives funding mostly from individuals. Foundations and corporations donate as well, and fund specific programs and events. Strict policies are enforced to prevent these relationships from influencing the Association’s science content. Financial information for the American Heart Association, including a list of contributions from pharmaceutical companies and device manufacturers, is available at http://www.heart.org/corporatefunding