Hundreds walk for heart disease awareness at Rutherford Heart Walk

(Photo: WKRN)

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – The 2015 Rutherford Heart Walk was a success. Walkers raised more than $130,000 for the American Heart Association.

For many of the walkers who took part in the fundraiser, the event was personal.

PHOTOS: Click here to view photos from the event.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.

Many of the people were walking for someone they love.

Co-chair of the 2015 Rutherford Heart Walk told News 2 why he takes part in the event.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

“The American Heart walk is an important cause for me because I have lost a lot of family members to heart disease and stroke. I’ve lost my dad and my mom. My brother I lost this year, my father in law I lost last year. So it is very personal to me,” said Bob Gerard.

New 2’s Bob Muller emceed the event, along with News 2 weekend anchors Najahe Sherman and Joseph Pleasant.

Bob has been part of the event for the last four years but many of you may not know why it’s important to him.

“My wife suffered a heart attack in 2008 so it’s a personal cause to me.  It’s a personal cause to her. She had some heart damage so she can’t do a lot of these walks, so I come to take part for her. So I walk for her. I do these events for her and all the other people battling heart disease,” said Muller.

Heart Walk honoree Glenda Taylor had open heart surgery. She shared her experience with heart disease.

“My main artery was blocked in two places 90 percent on one end and 60 percent on the other,” said Taylor.

She is grateful to be walking in the event. “Be proactive. Don’t ignore the symptoms. Stay on top of it,” she said.

More than 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year.

For more information about the event, click here.

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