GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – More than $100,000 was raised for heart disease research and education during a walk Saturday in Green Bay.
Heart disease and stroke survivors, as well as their families, walked along a one or three-mile route on the campus of Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. It was part of the Green Bay Heart Walk, a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
In addition to walking, people got to learn CPR training. There were also activities for children, like an inflatable walk-through heart.
Last year, the group was able to raise over $110,000 with more than 1,000 people participating in the walk. This year, their goal was to raise $130,000. To see how much they’ve raised, CLICK HERE.
“Heart disease is the number one killer,” said Dr. John Seccombe, cardiothoracic surgeon at HSHS St. Vincent Hospital. “It kills more women than men and kills more people than every form of cancer combined, and the remarkable thing is 80 percent of it is preventable.”
The American Heart Association recommends people keep track of their blood pressure and blood sugar count to prevent heart disease. Eating fruits and vegetables and going for walks are also recommended.