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Organizers announce plans for $380,000 Heart Walk

January 17, 2020

Organizers of the upcoming Southern Tier Heart Walk gathered last evening to kick off the 31st annual event, scheduled for April in Binghamton.

John M. Carrigg, president and chief executive officer of UHS and chairperson of this year’s walk, shared plans for the major event, saying that the goal is to raise $380,000 to benefit the work of the American Heart Association.

“I'm proud to serve as the 2020 Southern Tier Heart Walk chairperson," Mr. Carrigg said.  "Heart disease and stroke affect millions of lives every year.  The money raised by the American Heart Association funds research and patient programs that continue to make a real difference in this fight.  The Heart Walk helps save lives and makes our community healthier."

He noted that UHS also is proud to work with the American Heart Association in actively supporting “Check It! Southern Tier,” an effort to raise the public’s awareness of the dangers of high blood pressure and how the condition can be controlled.

“We embrace ‘Check.  Change.  Control,' because this is an evidence-based hypertension management  program that empowers participants to take ownership of their health by using careful self-monitoring,” he said.

Those attending the kickoff also heard from this year’s Heart Walk “Inspirational Honoree,” Binghamton resident Terry Purtell, 69, a heart disease survivor and UHS patient who spoke about his own clinical journey.

“I had high blood pressure, then had angioplasty twice and a triple bypass,” Mr. Purtell said.  “Now I’m living a healthy lifestyle and participate regularly in cardiac rehabilitation.  Staying with the program has been so beneficial.  I enjoy it being part of my life.”

He recommended a regular fitness routine, such as walking, for people who want to take more control of their heart health, and encouraged the community to come out in support of the Heart Walk.

Register for the Heart Walk

The 31st edition of the event will be held on Sunday, April 5, at SUNY Broome Community College, 907 Upper Front St. in Binghamton.

To learn more, visit southerntierheartwalk.org. Enjoy some pictures from the evening below.

2020 Southern Tier Heart Walk Kickoff