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American Heart Association Hosts 2015 Lubbock Heart Walk

Cara Vandergriff

October 21, 2015

The annual fundraising event promotes physical activity and heart-healthy living while raising money for the research, education and advocacy of heart health.

Lubbock Heart Walk

The American Heart Association's premiere fundraising event, the Lubbock Heart Walk, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday (Oct. 24) at the Texas Tech University Frazier Alumni Pavilion.

The annual event consists of individual walkers as well as company and local community teams walking either a three-mile or one-mile wheelchair accessible course to promote physical activity and heart-healthy living. This year's event will include appearances by Raider Red and the Masked Rider along with multiple vendors, music, awards and other family-friendly activities.

Lawrence Schovanec
Lawrence Schovanec

Texas Tech Provost Lawrence Schovanec will serve as the 2015 chairman of the Lubbock Heart Walk.

“The money raised through this event will greatly help future cardiovascular disease and stroke research,” Schovanec said.

Funds raised at the Lubbock Heart Walk will help the American Heart Association to reach its fundraising goal of $110,000 to support research, education and advocacy efforts of the association. With cardiovascular disease remaining the leading killer of all Americans, advocating for better health and raising awareness can make a difference in the community's well-being.

Over the past five years, the American Heart Association has given $1.2 million in grants to the Lubbock community for cardiovascular disease and stroke research. In addition to these grants, the American Heart Association will give back $3 for every $1 raised at the Lubbock Heart Walk. With over $140,000 in meritorious cardiovascular disease and stroke research grants in Lubbock, the American Heart Association hopes to fund these necessary grants to improve the heart health of the local community.

Walk participants can register at www.lubbockheartwalk.org or at the event from 8 to 9 a.m. The Lubbock Heart Walk does not charge a registration fee, as it seeks to impact a larger population by making fundraising and donations its priority.

This year's opening ceremonies, which will both honor survivors and memorialize loved ones, will begin at 9 a.m. Walkers are eligible for a Heart Walk T-shirt once they have raised $100. Participation is free.