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Walkers, Team Captains, Business Participants Sought for 2016 Heart Walk

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (May 24, 2016) – Almost everyone has a story to tell about a friend or family member who has battled cardiovascular disease or stroke, the nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 leading causes of death. Through the 2016 Johnson County Heart Walk, Saturday, Oct. 1, individuals, families, businesses and organizations have an opportunity to join in the fight against these serious health issues while participating in a fun, family-friendly environment at the University of Central Missouri.

This is the fourth consecutive year UCM has hosted the Heart Walk. It takes place at 8 a.m. near the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, giving hundreds of participants an opportunity to join in the walk while also enjoying a number of other activities, including games for children, music by a DJ, informational booths, and more.

Last year’s event involved nearly 380 walkers who helped raise approximately $60,000 for the American Heart Association. The local Heart Walk planning committee co-chaired by Tara Carlyle, Western Missouri Medical Center, and Gina Carlyle, Awesome Blossoms, has set an $85,000 fundraising goal for this year’s event. Many local corporate sponsors have already provided financial gifts, but plenty of opportunities are still available for businesses and organizations that want to support the event.  The committee also seeks walkers, company and organization teams, and individuals who want to serve as walkers and as team captains.

Amanda Avent, a Warrensburg resident and UCM graduate who serves as Corporate Events Director for the American Heart Association,  works directly with the planning committee to help organize the event. She said support for the Johnson County Heart Walk and similar events nationwide is needed to help ensure progress is made to eliminate the health threat cardiovascular disease and stroke poses for many Americans. Through the highly visible UCM campus setting, along with the walk near downtown Warrensburg, participants have an opportunity to publicly honor people they know who have been directly affected this leading health threat, while raising much-needed funds.

Individuals who want to learn more about the Johnson County Heart Walk, including how to form their own teams, participate as a walker, serve as a team captain, or offer corporate support, are urged to visit the website, They also can contact Avent for more information at 660-441-0090, or email