Thursday, September 25, 2014

TTC Students Taking Strides to Beat Heart Disease at Lowcountry Heart Walk

Written By: Levena Lindahl

Fall is one of the major times to go out for 5k’s that raise funds for many different causes. On Saturday, September 27th, the Lowcountry Heart Walk will be taking place. Trident Tech students have been raising awareness and funds all around campus for this event by selling bracelets and placards that are hanging in the student lounge in the 410 building on the Main campus. Keep an eye out if you would like to donate; there are several students still selling bracelets and placards, especially in the new Nursing building.
           So far, eight Trident Technical College student organizations have made teams, and over 80 students have pledged to walk to raise awareness. Together they have raised over $2,000 and counting! Well done to all who are participating from the Criminal Justice Student Association, Society for Medical Assistants, Society for Medical Laboratory Technology, Champions for Change, Phi Theta Kappa, Palmer’s Spa 66, Student Nurses Association, and Student American Dental Hygienists’ Association.
           The goal of this walk, and that of the American Heart Association, is to not only raise awareness of the issues of cardiovascular health in the Lowcountry, but to build healthier lives and improve cardiovascular health in all Americans.
The money raised at this event goes towards medical research, treatments and advances in lifesaving techniques. This year the walk expects well over 5000 participants, a new record for this signature fundraising event. Last year, over $1 million was raised in the Lowcountry, and the American Heart Association is currently funding $2.1 million in grants to MUSC researchers.
           The walk is being sponsored by the American Heart Association, and will start in downtown Charleston near the Aquarium. Free parking will be provided in the Aquarium garage, with activities starting at 8am and the one and three mile walks at 9am. Come and support a great cause!


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