4,000 Participate in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk and Raise More Than $350,000
Contact: Kara Harrington
(704) 940-4013

Columbia, SC, March 31 - The call was “Participate. Raise Funds. Save Lives.” More than 4,000 Midlands residents responded to the call at the Midlands Heart Walk on March 27. Participants of all ages came out to walk the 2.8-mile course that started at the South Carolina State Museum, and show their support for conquering the No. 1 and No. 3 killers - heart disease and stroke.

“This year’s event has raised $360,000 to help fight heart disease and stroke,” said Charlie Dickerson of R.L. Bryan Company and chair of this year’s walk. “We are incredibly grateful to all of our walkers, donors, volunteers and sponsors for every dollar they raised. We have exceeded this year’s goal and raised $40,000 more than last year’s event. Collectively, these walkers, who embody the spirit of giving and determination, represent the heart of the Heart Walk.”

As a company team, SCANA employees raised more than $90,000 for heart disease and stroke research and education, and had more than 750 walkers participate. This incredible effort makes SCANA the number one company team in the Midlands and South Carolina. Last year, SCANA raised an amazing $75,000.

"I am incredibly touched and impressed with our company. So many people are affected by heart disease or stroke in some way and the call to action by SCANA employees was astounding," said Jimmy Addison, company leader for SCANA. " One of our core values is "to serve our communities" and our employees live it out through opportunities such as this."

In eleven years, the American Heart Walk, a national American Heart Association event, has raised more than $326 million. Funds raised from the American Heart Walks will support heart and stroke research as well as public and professional education programs. Research funded by the American Heart Association has yielded important discoveries such as CPR, life-extending drugs, pacemakers, bypass surgery and surgical techniques to repair heart defects. This year, more than 750,000 walkers will participate in walks in over 600 locations.

Since 1924 the American Heart Association has helped protect people of all ages and ethnicities from the ravages of heart disease and stroke. These diseases, the nation’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers, claim more than 930,000 American lives a year. The association invested more than $348 million in fiscal year 2002-03 for research, professional and public education, and advocacy so people across America can live stronger, longer lives.