Heart disease and stroke impacts more individuals than most people even realize on a daily basis. In fact heart disease is our nation’s number 1 killer and stroke number 4. Building a healthier future and raising awareness for these killers is extremely important. One of the ways awareness is raised here is Sioux Falls is with the American Heart Association’s HeartWalk. This event was held Saturday August 25 at Falls Park.
Months of planning for the event lead up to the walk. With those months of planning several things happened such as setting goals, forming teams, sponsorships, organization, filling volunteer needs, and much more. The HeartWalk raises money to help build awareness and inform individuals about the impact of heart disease and stroke.
Globe University Sioux Falls was very involved with the HeartWalk again this year. There were student teams, staff teams, and volunteers helping throughout the event. Students enrolled in our Medical Assisting program provided blood pressure screenings. Students enrolled in our Veterinary Technology Program provided assistance and treats to all the four legged friends who attended the HeartWalk. And students enrolled in Global Citizenship here on campus helped to provide support on the walk trail.
Student Cassie Esparza stated this about what she gained from helping with the heart walk. “From the whole experience, I learned that I must value my life, appreciate the ones I love, and care about. Always be willing to give a helping hand, and do what you can to make a difference in someone’s life. While even if the smallest thing, because some day you might need someone to make that difference in yours. On that note I would like to say thank you to the American Heart Association for their part in improving the lives of others, and to everyone who made a difference in someone’s life that special day, no matter what the results were.”
Although it rained during the walk more than 100 teams were formed for the walk and nearly 2500 people showed up to support the cause. Globe University was represented very well and the students and staff really helped to make an impact and raise awareness heart disease and stroke.