HARTFORD, CT, August 18th, 2023 – The American Heart Association announces Dennis House, evening news anchor and host of "This Week in Connecticut with Dennis House", and Kara Sundlun, author and WFSB-TV 3 Chief Digital Anchor and Co-Host of Great Day Connecticut, will serve as co-chairs of the 2023 Hartford Heart Walk. The 32nd annual Hartford Heart Walk will take place on Saturday, October 28th at the Bushnell Park Pavilion.

The co-chairs will lead the organizational and recruitment efforts in the greater Hartford area. They will call on hundreds of area volunteers, survivors, walkers, and business leaders to step up to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular disease and stroke, the leading cause of death in the United States.

“Being part of this event is personal to me,” said House. “After the loss of Denise D’Ascenzo, my co-anchor and friend of more than 27 years from a heart-related issue, I am eager to take on this leadership role and raise awareness to create healthier lives.”

“The American Heart Association plays an important role in educating our communities about heart disease and stroke, and is instrumental in providing research in these fields,” said Sundlun. “Working together, we are making an impact on our collective health and making a difference in the fight against heart disease and stroke.”

The Hartford Heart Walk, a community event and campaign focused on engaging local companies, corporations and community walk teams to support the mission of the Association, has set a goal of raising more than $200,000. Each day, nearly 2,400 Americans die from a cardiovascular disease. That’s an average of one death every 37 seconds. 

“We are incredibly grateful for these leaders who are stepping up to move the needle when it comes to heart disease and stroke” said American Heart Association Executive Director, Adria Giordano. “Through the Hartford Heart Walk we are able to drive maximum impact and save lives right here in Connecticut.”

To learn more about the Hartford Heart Walk, or to find out about sponsorship opportunities, please call Scott Selig at 860-916-2353 or go towww.hartfordheartwalk.org.


About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is a leading force for a world of longer, healthier lives. With nearly a century of lifesaving work, the Dallas-based association is dedicated to ensuring equitable health for all. We are a trustworthy source empowering people to improve their heart health, brain health and well-being. We collaborate with numerous organizations and millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, advocate for stronger public health policies, and share lifesaving resources and information. Connect with us on heart.orgFacebookTwitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.

For Media Inquiries:
Mary Ann Burns, Director, Communications, mary.ann.burns@heart.org  
For Public Inquiries: 1-800-AHA-USA1 (242-8721)
heart.org and stroke.org