Hundreds walk for heart health in Lynchburg

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — This weekend marks another year for the American Heart Associations’ Digital Heart Walk in Lynchburg.

Last year’s walk was completely virtual, but this year, while opening ceremonies were online, many got to meet outdoors and do some walking together.

The Lynchburg Heart Walk took place at several locations this year, including downtown Lynchburg, Percival Island, Riverside Park, and some neighborhoods.

Some walked for loved ones, like Liberty University Health & Wellness Director Keith Anderson, who was seen walking for his father who passed away in 2011 due to heart complications.

“My dad was my Superman, he was my hero,” Anderson said.

Others walked for the continuation of research.

According to top walker Michael Shetley, “I like that a lot of the research is the results of COVID with heart disease and what the side effects might be or the long term interactions with COVID and how it affects the heart.”

“I think people would really enjoy knowing the funds they’ve raised from the heart walk have helped to fund about $3 million in life-saving research,” Senior Development Director Elizabeth Vail said. “A lot of that has been COVID related in terms of discovering the cardiovascular implications of COVID.”

Vail added that walking is a great way to build your immune system and stay heart healthy.

The 2021 Lynchburg heart walk raised over $61,000 dollars this year. The event bought out more than 60 teams and over 200 individual walkers.

WFXR’s Amanda Kenney had a hand in raising awareness for this year’s heart walk, as well. She was the emcee at the Downtown Lynchburg location and a member of the executive leadership team.

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