Augusta, GA, December 6, 2023— The American Heart Association, a global force for healthier lives for all, recognizes that cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death in the CSRA. Sean Alford, M.D., Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS), executive vice president and chief administrative officer, and Joel Cantrell, Savannah River Mission Completion (SRMC), ESH&Q director, are working hand-in-hand with the American Heart Association to change that. These community leaders will serve as co-chairmen for the 2023-2024 CSRA Heart Walk, a community campaign focused on engaging local community members, companies, corporations and their employees to join the fight against heart disease and stroke. 

“Sean and I look forward to welcoming the community to celebrate survivors and remember those we’ve lost to heart disease,” said Joel.. “The Heart Walk is all about promoting the health and well-being of our community and supporting the Association’s lifesaving mission.”

The annual CSRA Heart Walk event will be on March 22, 2024 at SRP Park in North Augusta, SC beginning at 5 p.m. The American Heart Association, the leading voluntary health organization focused on heart and brain health for all, focuses the annual event on boosting physical health and raising lifesaving funds to support the mission.

Heart Walk participants and teams, alongside community members, are invited to celebrate heart and stroke survivors, raise funds and encourage physical activity. Those who can’t join on Friday can walk at any location that inspires them.

“As a survivor myself, it is an honor to lead this Heart Walk alongside Joel to inspire hope, resilience, and a healthier tomorrow for all,” said Dr. Alford. “Together, we can save lives right here in the CSRA.”

To register, visit From there, participants and companies can stay up-to-date by downloading the Heart Walk mobile app and encourage friends and family to join in via e-mail or on social media.

The CSRA Heart Walk is *sponsored by: Piedmont Augusta, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, Centerra-SRS, Solvay, Walton Rehabilitation Hospital, SRP Federal Credit Union, and MAU Workforce Solutions.

The funds raised from the Heart Walk go towards research, advocacy, CPR training and to promote better health in support of the Association’s 2024 Health Equity Impact Goal, reducing barriers to health care access and quality.

*Sponsors recognized as of October 4, 2023.




About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on, Facebook, X or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.  


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