RADFORD, VA, October 4, 2023 — Your American Heart Association is excited to partner with local businesses and community teams for the return of the New River Valley Heart Walk, happening Saturday, October 7th, at Bisset Park. Registration opens at 9 a.m. with the walk starting at 10 a.m. Funds raised from the event will help fight the #1 and #5 killers of Americans – heart disease and stroke. This year’s Walk Chair is Paul Murphy (InMotion). Andrew Webb with WDBJ 7 News will emcee the event.

“We are so excited to see the New River Valley once again get to come together in this fight, as so many of us have been impacted by heart disease and stroke,” said Elizabeth Vail, Senior Director of Development for the American Heart Association. “We can’t wait to see all of the smiling faces of our community teams, volunteers, sponsors and, of course, our survivors.”

Funds from the annual Heart Walks help the American Heart Association in its mission to fight heart disease and stroke, the #1 and #5 killers of all Americans. Monies raised will go towards life-saving research and community outreach and education.

Area sponsors include MOOG Industrial, Carilion NRV Medical Center, Tenneco, InMotion, Volvo, LewisGale Hospital Pulaski, LewisGale Hospital Montgomery, R.L. Price Constrution, Virginia Tech, VCOM, Celanese, ESS Technologies, and Atlantic Union Bank. WDBJ 7, Q99 FM and Lamar Outdoor are the media supporters for this event.

“We can’t say thanks enough to our generous sponsors and incredible community partners,” added Vail. “They helped us make this year’s Heart Walk a success and, without them, our mission to save lives couldn’t happen.”

Vail reminds attendees to look for survivors wearing their special Red Caps (heart survivor) and White Caps (stroke survivor).  “If you want to know why you help, just look at our Red Cap and White Cap survivors,” Vail said.  “They are all the motivation you need.”


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 heart.orgFacebookX or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.  

For Media Inquiries:
Kevin Pauley, Communications Director, 304.444.6494, or kevin.pauley@heart.org
For Public Inquiries: 1-800-AHA-USA1 (242-8721)
heart.org and stroke.org