WLU Helps to Raise Money to Fight Heart Disease

By Natasha Muhametzyanova, Contributing Writer

The last Saturday of the month, Sept. 24 marks an annual Ohio Valley Heart Walk. Registration for the Walk begins at 9 a.m., and the event kicks off at 9:45 a.m. at Heritage Port in Wheeling, W.Va.

Ohio Valley Heart Walk is a part of a national movement started by American Heart Association (AHA). The event raises awareness of heart diseases and prevention and serves as a major fundraiser for the non-profit organization. Money raised at the event fund CPR training, research studies and the development of heart-healthy nutrition programs across the country.

According to the AHA, “it is the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to defeating heart disease and stroke— the nation’s number one and number five killers. Walkers, donors and volunteers help fight heart disease.” 

WLU has been actively involved in the movement for four years. WLU executive director of alumni and community relations Ron Witt and assistant professor of exercise physiology Rick West are coordinating the event this year.

“Most of us have been touched by heart attack or stroke,” said Witt. “People often have their own personal reasons for participating in the Walk and making a contribution. Anyone can become a victim of a heart disease. Age is not always a factor. This event raises awareness and supports a very worthy cause,” he said.

According to Witt, each year WLU has a team of 20 walkers on average, but there is no member limit.   This year West Liberty University’s exercise physiology club is distributing T-shirts for the Walk. If you would like to join WLU team, purchasing the T-shirt will act as your registration and donation from WLU. The cost of each T-shirt is $15.00. All proceeds benefit the walk. To order a T-shirt please contact West at [email protected].

So far 54 teams have been registered for the event. Teams are organized by businesses in the area such as Wesbanco as well as interested individuals.  

For more information about the event, contact Witt at [email protected]. To make an online donation, go here.


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