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Thousands attend Heart Walk in Alexandria

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - On March 8, 2014, over 4,000 people in the CentralLouisiana community attended the annual Cenla Heart Walk, an event to benefitthe lifesaving work of the American Heart Association.

The walkers united tocelebrate the campaign at The Big Island Field near the zoo. This year, theAmerican Heart Association, Heart Walk Chair, Dr. Craig Pearce and volunteerleadership will raise over $150,000.

Combining fitness and philanthropy,this annual walk brought together presenting sponsor CHRISTUS St. FrancesCabrini Hospital and other corporate sponsors, walk teams, and individualwalkers.

The Heart Walk also celebrated survivors of heart disease and strokeand lifestyle change heroes who are all continually taking steps toward ahealthier lifestyle while raising funds to combat heart disease and stroke, theNo. 1 and No. 4 leading killers, respectively, of American men and women.

The2014 Cleco Lifestyle Change Award winner was Patty Gauthier from BarksdaleFederal Credit Union. Proceeds support research, education and communityprograms of the American Heart Association. Activities at the event included aspecial kid's zone, health screenings, hands only CPR, entertainment, originalt-shirt design contest, superhero meet and greet, and a VIP area.

There weremany awards given out. Southern Heritage Bank won the t-shirt design contest.Diva's Divine, the top community team, raised over $4000. Our top walker, TinaGreer of RRMC, raised over $5000.

There are also outstandingcompany groups who have excelled in fundraising. As of today, the 2014 TopThree Companies are as follows.

1.Rapides Regional Medical Center

2.Southern Heritage Bank

3. Roy O Martin


For more information about theHeart Walk or to make a donation, please contact Kourtny Bratton at318.794.9621 or or visit our For more information on the American Heart Association,visit

About the Heart Walk

The Heart Walk is the AmericanHeart Association's premiere event for raising funds to save lives from thiscountry's No. 1 and No. 4 killers – heart disease and stroke. Designed topromote physical activity and heart-healthy living, the Heart Walk creates anenvironment that's fun and rewarding for the entire family. This year, morethan 1 million walkers will participate in nearly 350 events. Yourparticipation will help us raise even more in our fight to save lives. Walkwith friends, family, coworkers or strangers you'll bond with along the way.Any way you choose to do it, your heart will thank you for it!

About the American HeartAssociation

Founded in 1924, we're thenation's oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to buildinghealthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. To help prevent,treat and defeat these diseases — America's No. 1 and No. 4 killers — we fundcutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educationalprograms, and advocate to protect public health. To learn more or join us inhelping all Americans, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit

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