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Hundreds Flock to be a Part of Pioneer Valley Heart Walk

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – The American Heart Association kicked off it’s annual Pioneer Valley Heart Walk 2014 today.

Hundreds showed up to Springfield’s Forest Park in support of the event.

Participants walked to raise money in the fight against heart disease and stroke, the number 1 killer of both men and women.

About 60% of Americans do not engage in regular physical activity, it is why cardiovascular disease is so prevalent.

“I am a survivor, I had a heart attack, and within days, an emergency triple bypass surgery. So how do I feel about walking today? I feel alive, and vibrant, and grateful to a whole bunch of people,” said participant Susan Lawson.

The event also featured health screenings.

Money raised will support research to end heart disease and stroke.

They are the region’s number one and two killers.

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