Thousands participate in 2017 Lowcountry Heart Walk

Thousands participate in 2017 Lowcountry Heart Walk

Sarah lost her grandfather to heart disease a few years ago. Cindy lost her mother just one year ago. Their names, along with hundreds of others, adorn a cement wall in North Charleston's Riverfront Park for this year's Lowcountry Heart Walk.

"Heart disease and stroke are the number one and five killers in the United States," said Jennifer Waites, communication director for the American Heart Association.

More than 5,000 people showed up for the walk Saturday, which started at 9 a.m.

Waites stressed that most heart disease cases can be prevented with 30 minutes of exercise a day.

The AHA set a goal of raising at least $1 million towards heart disease prevention research. Josh Rogers has more of this emotional story in the video above.

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