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Harrison High School's Football Team Walks In Memory Of Teammate's Friend

Harrison High School football players raised more than $3,100 for American Heart Association during Sunday's walk at Kensico Dam, Valhalla. Photo Credit: Contributed
The Harrison football team walked in memory of a teammate’s friend who passed away at a young age. Photo Credit: Contributed

HARRISON, N.Y. -- Members of the Harrison High School football team participated in the Heart Walk in memory of a teammate’s friend who passed away at a young age on Sunday, Oct. 5 at Kensico Dam.

More than 1,000 Westchester residents walked to promote heart health, and to fund the life-saving heart disease and stroke research of the American Heart Association. The Harrison High School football team raised more than $3,100 for the American Heart Association.

Nearly 90 teams from corporations and the community joined the event to fight heart disease and stroke, the number one and four killers in America.

“The money raised for heart disease research could ultimately help you or someone you know or love,” said Jennifer Gelick, AHA Heart Walk director, “All three of our survivor Honorees benefitted from science and research advances developed by AHA-funded researchers.”

To recognize that more than 80 percent of heart disease can be prevented by simple lifestyle changes, the AHA presents the Merit Direct Lifestyle Change Award. This year’s winner was New Rochelle resident, Susan Decioccio, who lost 30 pounds in the past year and added walking, dancing and bicycling to her weekly activities. She was nominated by co-workers at Sound Shore Cardiology who said they now enjoy salads, fresh fruits and grilled chicken for lunch, thanks to her.

October is Sudden Cardiac Awareness Month. To save lives from cardiac arrest, Hands-Only CPR training was offered and free CPR Anytime take-home training kits were provided to participants to learn at home  and with their families, sponsored by Westchester Medical Center. The Heart Walk is sponsored nationally by Subway and presented locally by Cause Sponsor, Stamford Hospital and Hands-Only CPR Sponsor, Westchester Medical Center. Additional sponsors include Philips, Walgreens, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, Phelps Memorial Hospital Center, Merit Direct, WestMed, and media sponsors, Examiner News, The Peak Radio and News 12 Westchester.

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