The forecast was in the favor of the nearly 500 walkers who stepped off for the annual American Heart Association Heart Walk at Oakledge Park in Burlington on Sept. 28.
Fifty registered teams were responsible for raising $85,000 to finance cutting-edge scientific research, conduct public and professional educational programs, and advocate for public health. Part of the American Heart Association’s My Heart. My Life. initiative, the Heart Walk is a national movement designed to improve America’s health through a variety of fun, simple, community-based programs focused on better eating and more exercise.
Mitch Wertlieb stepped out from behind the radio microphone at VPR to the stage at the Heart Walk as the 2013 survivor speaker. “Nov. 7, 2012 is a day that I will always remember; it was the day I flatlined,” said Wertlieb. “I was playing in my weekly floor hockey league game at The Racquet’s Edge health club in Essex when, about five minutes or so into the game, I collapsed on the sidelines and suffered cardiac arrest brought on by a condition of atrial fibrillation. Thank you to all of you who are here today who have raised valuable research dollars to fund education programs, advancements in technology, and awareness to help make other stories like mine possible.”
The event also included health screenings, Hands-Only CPR Training, a Kids Zone, healthy snacks, and Subway sandwiches.