ABILENE WALKS WITH PURPOSE

ABILENE WALKS WITH PURPOSE

By Floyd Miller

 

 

 

By Jennifer I. CowickOctober 1st, a chilly Saturday morning at Abilene’s Nelson Park, people of all ages gathered for the National Heart Association annual Heart Walk. {{more}}Sponsors and Organizers hoped to raise over $100,000 and came close by raising well over $60,000 to donate to the National Heart Association for research and outreach. The Heart Walk is the National Heart Association’s premier event for raising money in their effort to save lives from the #1 and #5 killers in the U.S.; heart attack and stroke. There were better than 400 participants of all ages and everyone had a great time.It was not only an event to raise funds and awareness, but it was also a time to celebrate and be thankful for friends and loved ones who have survived heart disease and who now have a new opportunity to enjoy life. After a brief opening ceremony and some live send off music courtesy of the Merkle Band participants took to the pavement.Nelson Park saw a good deal of action Saturday morning. Just a little earlier and on the other side of the park another walk/5k run was going on. This one was put on by the Professional Women in Building . President Amy Forrest said they had about 47 5k runners and 23 on the one mile walk. All of the sponsorships and funds will go back into various community programs, supporting women, families, and the environment.Once again, the people of Abilene show that their hearts are true blue when it comes to doing whatever they can to support a good cause and their community as a whole.