Despite the raindrops, more than 3,000 dedicated supporters attended the American Heart Association’s 2013 Tanglewood Heart and Stroke Walk on Saturday, Oct. 19, raising $490,000 for heart disease and stroke research and prevention education programs. Donations are still being accepted at www.tanglewoodheartwalk.org and could top more than half-a-million dollars by Dec. 31.
“It was very gratifying to witness the tremendous outpouring of community support by participants at the Tanglewood Heart and Stroke Walk. Walkers raised money for cardiovascular research and to educate people of all ages concerning what they can do to live healthier lifestyles,” said Steve Snelgrove, president of Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center and chairman of the 2013 Tanglewood Heart and Stroke Walk. (Wake Forest Baptist Health sponsored the walk.) “Events like the American Heart Association’s Tanglewood Heart and Stroke Walk ensure that people living in our region will have access to the latest treatment plans, research clinical trials and knowledge.”
Several Corning Cable-sponsored Lifestyle Change Awards were presented. Michelle Parrish was honored for promoting a healthy lifestyle by shedding 99 pounds and quitting smoking. Casandra Quarrells, Marshall Jeffries and Marty Black were the honorable mentions in the adult Change Award category.
The 2013 Kid’s Lifestyle Change Award went to Luke Pike. The 10- year-old joined a football team, shedding nearly 15 pounds to meet the weight requirement.
He dropped the pounds by cutting fried and processed foods from his diet and has inspired his family to adopt healthier habits. Elizabeth Crotts, 6, was the honorable mention in the category.