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Pee Dee American Heart Walk slated for Oct. 27

FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University will host the American Heart Association’s Pee Dee American Heart Walk presented by Subway on Saturday, Oct. 27.

 FMU President Fred Carter and FMU Foundation Executive Director Graham Edwards are co-chairs of this year’s event. The three-mile walk begins at 10 a.m., with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. between the McNair Science Building and the Smith University Center. Music and door prizes will follow the walk, which will take place rain or shine.

 Last year, more than $225,000 was raised, making the Pee Dee walk the state’s largest event for the American Heart Association. This year’s goal is $245,000. Thousands of walkers are expected to walk at FMU not only to raise money, but also to raise awareness about heart disease, the No. 1 killer of Americans. This area loses almost one out of every two people because of heart disease and stroke.

 More than 125 businesses and organizations from throughout the Pee Dee area will have teams of walkers participating. Corporate sponsorships and new teams are still being accepted.

The American Heart Association spent about $337 million during fiscal year 1999-2000 on research support, public and professional education, and community programs. Nationwide, the organization has grown to include more than 22.5 million volunteers and supporters who carry out the association’s mission in communities across the country. The association is the largest voluntary health organization fighting heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases, which annually kill about 950,000 Americans.

For more information or to sign up for the walk, contact Mona Carter, senior area director of the American Heart Association, at 843-665-0985.

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Last Published: May 13, 2004 9:33 AM
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