Local Heart Walk raises nearly $50,000 for American Heart Association
Sunny skies and a generous community resulted in a big day for the Lakes Area Heart Walk, held on Thursday, June 1 at the Detroit Lakes Pavilion.
"We estimate that we had between 250-300 people in attendance, which is the biggest walk we've ever had!" said the American Heart Association's Julia Dangerfield, who helped coordinate the event.
A total of nearly $50,000 was raised for the American Heart Association at the annual benefit, which exceeded the $45,000 goal set by organizers. All of the proceeds raised by the event go toward the AHA's research, education, and advocacy efforts.
Besides the walk itself, the evening also included a variety of informational booths, "heart healthy" snacks, games and activities for the whole family.
Melissa Lepper, the mother of Heart Walk "featured survivor" Mikko Lepper, who is just 1½ years old, also gave an emotional account of how she, her husband and their other son, 4-year-old Rex, had coped with their youngest son being born with a congenital heart defect, before the family led the "Survivors Lap" that started out the walk.