Monday, April 15, 2019

  

Dutchess-Ulster Heart Walk raises funds for American Heart Association

Hundreds camme out to support the Dutchess-Ulster Heart Walk att DCC

TOWN OF POUGHKEEPSIE – Teams and individuals walked at Dutchess Community College on Saturday in the annual Dutchess-Ulster Heart Walk to raise funds to support research of the American Heart Association. Some walked for their own hearts and fitness while others walked in honor or memory of those affected by heart disease and stroke.

Team “Steps for Seth” walked in memory of Seth Eriebacher, who died from a heart attack in 2011 at age 46.

The American Heart Association honored two local heart disease survivors – Gabby, 19, of Poughkeepsie, and Liam, 16, of Rosendale, as “Faces of Heart” honorees for sharing their stories to help raise awareness and funds to fight heart disease.

Liam had Rheumatic fever at age 4 and needed CPR to save his life. He is 16 now and healthy.

Gabby was diagnosed with Inappropriate Sinus Tachycardia – an unexplainable rapid heart rate – when she was 15. She received two cardiac ablations to stop the raid heart rate. Gabby continues to manage her IST, since there is no cure.

Heart Walk Chairman Tim Tarpey said the American Heart Association “is working behind the scenes to help us become healthier and live longer, stronger lives. I’m walking to thank them for the health of our community and to help them continue their great work.”

 

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