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Patients Walk to Defeat Heart Disease

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"Heart disease is the number one killer. It's over cancer, everything. And we're trying to get our team together so we can raise awareness. We're walking for people that we've lost," says Judy Henderson, Administrative Director of Cardiovascular Services at Baptist Hospital.

Thousands gathered at the state capitol Saturday to help fight heart disease and stroke. Some of those walking are heart patients themselves. Like Joseph Goodell who had a valve replacement and two bypasses. "But I got past that and I'm enjoying very much being able to enjoy activities like this. On Saturday Goodell walked a mile to defeat the disease.

Don Jackson had heart surgery almost two years ago. "I had a couple of arteries that were clogged one was 95 percent and one was 50 percent. I could barely even walk to the mailbox from my home," says Jackson. He had stints placed in his heart and now the 63-year-old is ready to run. 

"This is outstanding I'm ready to do the 5-K," says Jackson. "I'm in the perpetual heart part. That's what it's about being perpetual as long as I can be. "

Proceeds from the run go towards the American Heart Association.


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