Heart Association meets goal

By: Jessica Bowman  email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The American Heart Association held its annual highly anticipated heart walk Saturday.

At least 8,000 people put their hearts and soles into fighting the fight against heart disease. This year, because of the construction going on at Jones Park, the 2009 Heart Walk was held at the Gulfport VA property.

People of all ages poured down Second Street for the three mile walk. Nurse Practioner Veronica Holloway was one of the 8,000 who came out to show her support.

"M

e being a nurse practitioner and everything, I see a lot of patients with heart disease," Holloway said. "I just want to come out here and show my support for preventing heart disease."

Along the way walkers got a hydrating cup of water to keep them going thanks to the men from the 338th Training Air Squadron from Keesler Air Force Base.

The American Heart Association's walk didn't just end once thousands crossed the finish line. Food, drinks, health screenings and much more were offered to those who participated.

Today's event raised more than $500,000. Seventy five cents of every dollar will go to heart disease research right here in the Magnolia state.

This was the first time in about 100 years the public was allowed on the property.

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