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Heart Walk draws big crowds

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WTOL 11's Melissa Andrews hosts Heart Walk WTOL 11's Melissa Andrews hosts Heart Walk
Melissa Andrews speaking on the field at Heart Walk Melissa Andrews speaking on the field at Heart Walk
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

More than four thousand people took on America's number one killer, heart disease.

The American Heart Association's "Heart Walk" started off Saturday morning at Fifth Third Field and moved through downtown Toledo.

WTOL 11's Melissa Andrews hosted the event this year.

Lots of heart disease and stroke survivors took part.

The fundraising goal for this year was 350-thousand dollars.

Money raised will go to research, educational, and advocacy programs in the area.

Family members walked in honor of a loved one.

"I lost a child to a congenital heart defect, that's my involvement with the American Heart Association. So I always look back at the kids. Heart disease has no bias. It impacts all age groups," said Andy Maher of the American Heart Association.

There was also a memory wall, where walkers could write a person's name in remembrance.

Funds raised will also go to groundbreaking cardiovascular research at the University of Toledo.

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