Health & Wellness

Putnam Heart Walk Kicks Off Sunday

A scene from last year's Putnam County Heart Walk. More than 500 walkers are anticipated to take part this year. Credits: Photo Courtesy of American Heart Association

BREWSTER, N.Y.— American Heart Association Putnam Heart Walk will be held Sunday, April 23, at Brewster High School, 50 Foggintown Road. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the Walk kicks off at 10 a.m.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of Americans and stroke is No. 5. The American Heart Association helps the community by supporting programs and funding lifesaving research to help save lives. Heart Walk participants raise funds for the AHA’s mission and walking helps prevent heart disease and stroke.

Dr. Patrick Thomas, AHA board president; Sheriff Don Smith, AHA board chair; Mahopac resident Robin Zencheck, survivor honoree (who underwent two heart transplants); and more than 500 participants will take part this year.

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The Walk will also honor the memory of Jessi-Ann Bettcher, an AHA volunteer who lost her battle to heart disease last year. Some local teams are walking in her memory.

Zencheck suffers from a rare disease called amyloidosis, a disease in which abnormal proteins are deposited in the body’s tissues where they accumulate and replace normal tissue over time. The disease can cause the kidney, heart, liver and gastrointestinal tract or nerves to function poorly and organs to fail—in her case, it was her heart. Zencheck has had not one, but two heart transplants, the second also included a kidney transplant.

The AHA supports science and research to speed the discovery of new early detection and treatment of heart disease and stroke. The AHA reminds people that prevention, like eating healthier and walking more, can help prevent 80% of heart disease and stroke incidence. The Heart Walk’s goal is to get people walking.

The Heart Walk is sponsored nationally by Subway and locally by Signature Sponsor, Putnam Hospital Center, and local sponsors Dr. Patrick W. Thomas and Mrs. Johanna D. Thomas, PracticeMax, PCSB, Practice Max, and media sponsors that include Hudson Valley Magazine, Mahopac News, WHUD and ABC7.

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