Walkers raise more than $11,000 to fight heart disease and stroke

More than 200 walkers joined the American Heart Association to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives at the Rome Indoor Walk. Walkers raised more than $11,000 to fight heart disease and stroke; our number one and number five killers. The event was held at Rome Free Academy and sponsored by Rome Memorial Hospital.

Three Red Cap Ambassadors shared their stories. Peter Corigliano, of Rome, and Kie Cullings, of Taberg, are young survivors of congenital heart defects. Robert Miller, of New Hartford, had a valve repaired and a pacemaker installed.

The Rome Indoor Walk offered different walk courses to attract different types of walkers; for the person that would like a leisurely walk, there was an indoor oval track and for the more avid walker there were challenging courses around the school.

The morning was filled with family-friendly activities for the children to enjoy, along with entertainment, at Sydney’s Circle. Sydney was a Rome resident who passed away from heart disease and Sydney’s Circle is a way to honor her memory with a fun-filled morning of activities.

There were many vendors at the Expo for the community to visit, including interactive health education and an opportunity to pre-register for America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk.

If you are interested in forming a fundraising team for America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk on Saturday, March 7th, you can register for the event at www.uticaheartrunwalk.org.

For the fifth year in a row, the American Heart Association hosted the Rome Go Red for Women Luncheon, sponsored by Rome Memorial Hospital. The event, held at Teugega Country Club, featured Passion Speaker Kelley Uvanni. Kelley shared the impact of losing her grandmother to heart disease and how it shaped her healthy lifestyle. Keynote speaker Jaclyn Davidson, owner of SWEAT CNY, shared some of the simple changes you can make to live a healthier life.

Celebrating National Wear Red Day® at the Rome Go Red for Women Luncheon

The Rome Go Red for Women Luncheon was led by Go Red for Women Chairwoman Jennifer Keida, President and CEO of Standing Insulating Co.  The event is sponsored national by CVS Health and locally by First Source Federal Credit Union, Rome Memorial Hospital, Northwestern Mutual DBJ Wealth Management, Uvanni Motors, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Gates Cole Insurance, Hazen B. Hinman Sr. Foundation, Professional Media Services, and Lite98.7/Townsquare Media.


“Our goal today is that you help us break the silence and change the tide about the devastating impact heart disease is having on our families, our communities and on women in particular,” said Keida. “One in three. That’s the price women pay for cardiovascular disease. One in three women will die of cardiovascular disease. That’s a third of our mothers, sisters and friends. It’s time to change this fact.”

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, taking more lives than all forms of cancer combined. Someone you know and love may be affected – at any age.

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