PARKERSBURG, WV, October 2, 2023 — Your American Heart Association is excited to partner with local businesses and community teams for the return of the Mid-Ohio Valley Heart Walk, happening Thursday, October 5th, at Parkersburg City Park. Registration opens at 5 p.m. with the walk starting at 5:30 p.m. Funds raised from the event will help fight the #1 and #5 killers of Americans – heart disease and stroke.

“We are so excited to see the people of the Mid-Ohio Valley once again get to come together in this fight, as so many of us have been impacted by heart disease and stroke,” said Amanda Sosebee, Development Director 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.”

Along with the walk itself, attendees will be able to enjoy a Kids’ Zone, the Pup Parade, a live DJ, and visit with four-legged friends from the local animal shelter!

Area sponsors include WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center, Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Parkersburg, Mon Health (Vandalia Health), Parkersburg Cardiology Associates, and Precious Angels Early Learning Center. WTAP TV and Z106. 1FM (Results Radio) are the media supporters for this event. WTAP’s Phyllis Smith will emcee the event.

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

Sosebee 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,” she 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.  

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