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Heart and Stroke Walk will be held Thursday

PARKERSBURG — The Mid-Ohio Valley hosts many walks each year, and on Thursday the community will come together to fight against cardiovascular disease at City Park in Parkersburg.

The annual Heart and Stroke Walk will begin with registration from 5-6 p.m. with the walk starting at 6 p.m.

Cardiovascular disease, which includes heart disease, hypertension and stroke, is one of the top killers worldwide, and nationally is recognized as the number one killer of women, according to the American Heart Association.

“Life is why we walk” can be found on all over the AHA websites.

So far this year, according to Roger Lockhart, marketing director for WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center in Parkersburg, there are 45 registered teams and over 200 participants signed up for Thursday’s walk at City Park.

“There has been $30,650 raised thus far,” said Lockhart.

The goal is $50,000. Bank Day (when money can be turned in before the event) will be Tuesday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at WesBanco on Market Street in downtown Parkersburg.

“Funds raised will help fund innovative research for new treatments, provide programs and services for survivors and their families, and help more of our loved ones lower their risk,” said Michelle Loehr, development director for the American Heart Association in Charleston.

This year’s theme and an everyday goal for many — is “Heart Health.”

There will be kid and dog friendly activities, as well as corn hole set up, and each table will offer a different activity or information at City Park on Thursday.

The tables will be ran by: WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg Cardiology Associates, Highmark, UniCare, Bowles Rice, WVU Medicine Parkersburg Neurology, WesBanco and Dominion Energy.

Entertainment will include Parkersburg Catholic Band, Jump Company USA, a DJ and Brek Martin playing bagpipes.

This year’s honoree is Joe Kiger.

The registration and Rally is 5-6 p.m. Thursday with the walk at 6 p.m. To register before the walk go to www.heart.org/midohiovalleywalk.

Madeline Scarborough can be reached at mscarborough@newsandsentinel.com

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