Walkers lace up for AHA

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Walkers didn’t have to brave the rain and cooler temperatures Saturday for the annual American Heart Association Walk at Youngstown State University.

Volunteers gathered at the Watson and Tressel Training Site on the campus of YSU. Walkers finished laps inside the center to raise money for the AHA.

WKBN crews were on site making Indenti-Kits for area children. Each kit contains a photo I.D., weight and height information and fingerprints of the child.

Amy Radinovic and Greta Mittereder of First News This Morning participated in the walk.

Organizers said the event is a two-pronged attack against heart disease.

“This is our time to really pay tribute to survivors, to honor those that can’t be with us, to raise funds for research and education programs that organizations need,” said Heart Walk Director Allison Oltmann. “With cardiovascular disease being the number one threat of Americans, there’s a lot more research out there and education as well.”

Walk organizers estimate about 2,000 people participated in the walk and hope to raise $250,000.

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