A light rain didn’t seem to dampen spirits at the Power & Light District, where thousands began a walk Saturday morning for cardiovascular health.
The KC Heart & Stroke Walk raised funds for research and education in partnership with the American Heart Association (AHA). As of Saturday morning, the Kansas City region had raised about half of the AHA’s $1.1 million goal.
And there’s still time to donate, said Laura Gorr, the regional vice president of the AHA. The deadline to donate is June 30.
Ashley Cockman and her 8-year-old son, Noah, attended the walk along with an estimated 9,000 others. Noah was born with Ebstein’s anomaly — a rare defect in which a valve of the heart does not work properly.
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“It’s great to see everybody out here supporting everyone who was born or who has struggled with heart disease,” Cockman said. “It’s probably one of the biggest issues right now in adults and children.”
Minutes before the walk began, Noah and other survivors were called up to the stage to share their stories with those on hand.
“There were kids, moms, dads,” Gorr said. “It was a good representation of how heart disease and stroke don’t discriminate by race or age.”