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Thousands Head to SUNY Broome Heart Walk

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Thousands head to SUNY Broome campus to prove walking is good for the heart and what a perfect day to do so.

Sunday the American Heart Association held its 26th annual Heart Walk.

According to the American Heart Association heart disease and stroke pose the greatest health threats here in the Southern Tier.
Walkers were asked to donate at least $25 to participate. Proceeds from the walk to toward heart disease and stroke research, training, advocacy and education.

"I don't think there's one person out in the community who doesn't know someone who has been impacted by the disease. It's just a way of showing support to one another and really coming together as a community to say 'I have your back'," said Chairman of the Heart Walk Howie Meller.

"Research by the American Heart Association fund cardiac heart stent, which I have four, so I'm very thankful to the Heart Association because without those stents I would not be here," said heart attack survivor Megan Farmer.

For those who prefer running, the American Heart Association will be holding their third annual "Run for Your Heart Coal House 5K" at on April 19th at the Vestal Coal House.