Lacing up to raise lifesaving funds, Fairbanks Heart Walk goes virtual

Published: Aug. 21, 2020 at 4:09 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) -Lacing up to raise lifesaving funds.

The Fairbanks Heart Walk steps off virtually Saturday to celebrate heart and stroke survivors, and raise money for The American Heart Association.

On Saturday, Heart Walk participants and teams will connect digitally at 9:00 a.m. via the American Heart Association Fairbanks Facebook page for a kickoff program.

Wendie MacNaugthton, a Fairbanks Heart Walk Co-Chair, says next everyone will be invited to get moving at home or around the neighborhood in their favorite way.

“Whatever that means for you -- whether you like to walk or run or cycle, whatever form of physical activity you enjoy, you can do it with your family... you can take your dogs for a walk,” MacNaughton said.

After the workout, participants are invited to post their physical activity online for a celebration of collective success.

Funds raised through the event support research, advocacy, CPR training, and the promotion of better health.

As is the case with many things this year, the coronavirus has changed the way the people are participating in the event, but it’s also expanding some of the research the American Heart Association is doing.

“The Heart Association has pledged a few million dollars to support research that has been going into studying the impacts of COVID-19 and what that has done to hearts -- folks that have had cardiovascular issues in the past, and those that have had COVID-19 and then had maybe developed heart issues because of COVID-19.”

Lisa Herbert, the other Fairbanks Heart Walk Co-Chair said, “The Heart Association has been really committed from the onset of supporting research that’s going to go into helping save lives, even further than their own mission to live a longer healthier life.”

To find out more information on how to donate or participate you can visit

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