“Ticker,” the mascot for the American Association, will be among the thousands of faces expected to be seen at the annual Plattsburgh Heart Walk this Saturday, Oct. 15.
The Plattsburgh Heart Walk will return this weekend, with organizers and participating teams equally excited about the annual event.
“We’re really excited,” said Keri Mack, regional director of the American Heart Association. “We’ve got about 1,5000 people we’re expecting at the walk and we’re even ahead of where we were last year in terms of fundraising.”
Mack said she anticipates the event — slated for this Saturday, Oct. 15 — will meet or exceed the goal of raising $165,000 for the American Heart Association.
“We’re very happy about that,” said Mack.
The top fundraising team to date is a team of nearly two dozen individuals representing Pfizer. Team leader Maxine Barcomb said she’s proud of her fellow team members who have surpassed their own fundraising goal of $10,000 despite a smaller workforce at the Rouses Point facility where she works.
“It was a lot of work with us downsizing here. It meant there were less people to support the cause,” said Barcomb. “But, we did it.”
The Plattsburgh Heart Walk will be held Saturday at the City of Plattsburgh Recreation Center, 52 U.S. Oval, beginning with registration for one- and three-mile walk routes at 8:30 a.m. The walk will begin at 10 a.m.
The event will include family activities, a bounce house, music, exercise, and a tribute to heart disease and stroke survivors including “Heart Hero” Luke Garcia, a 2-year-old with congenital mitral stenosis.
For information about Saturday’s walk, call Mack at 335-8125 or visit www.plattsburghheartwalk.org.