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Walkers step up in heart disease fight

Annual Capital Region Heart Walk this Saturday at Crossings

The 2013 Capital Region Heart Walk at The Crossings of Colonie will begin with breakfast and last-minute registration at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, and walkers will take either a 1- or 3-mile stroll. Participants raise money for the American Heart Association, and the donations go directly to funding research and education to fight heart disease and stroke.

The 2013 Capital Region Heart Walk at The Crossings of Colonie will begin with breakfast and last-minute registration at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, and walkers will take either a 1- or 3-mile stroll. Participants raise money for the American Heart Association, and the donations go directly to funding research and education to fight heart disease and stroke. Submitted photo

— John Nigro, president of the Albany-based Nigro Companies and a board director of the Albany Medical Center, will be the chairman of the Heart Walk. Nigro Companies has sponsored many AHA events, including the walk.

“The Heart Walk is a way to get out and keep our hearts healthy, while raising the funds to support the research and treatment of heart disease,” Nigro said in a statement. “It’s important that we’re raising money to fund research so people can live longer and healthier lives. Everyone has some connection to heart disease, personally or through family or friends.”

The event will also feature speeches by survivors, including 33-year-old Cohoes resident Kate McCormick who had her fourth heart surgery in January 2012. Born with Tetralogy of Fallot, McCormick has had two open heart surgeries, the most recent one to replace a valve. Only 12 weeks after her fourth surgery, McCormick joined the 2012 Heart Walk and will share her story at this year’s walk.

“My sons think I’m a superhero, so our team is Kate’s Crusaders,” McCormick said in a statement. “We had 22 people with us last year, and we will have even more this year.”

To register online ahead of time, visit the American Heart Association’s website at heart.org.

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