Mak­ing Waves

Cel­e­brat­ing South­west Florid­i­ans

Bonita & Estero Magazine - - DEPARTMENTS - —Brigid O’Mal­ley

Our sa­lute to the res­i­dents, busi­nesses and or­ga­ni­za­tions of South­west Florida’s is­land coast who make the com­mu­nity spe­cial

More than 6,000 peo­ple are ex­pected to in­crease aware­ness and raise money to fight heart dis­ease and stroke by tak­ing part in Lee Heart Walk. It’s set for Satur­day, Dec. 9 at 9 a.m. at Cen­ten­nial Park, 2000 W. First St. in Fort My­ers. The chair for this year’s walk is Dr. Sal­va­tore Lacagn­ina of Lee Health.

The 3-mile walk has no reg­is­tra­tion fee, but dona­tions will be ac cepted. It’s open to all ages—walk­ers, run­ners, chil­dren in strollers and leashed pets are wel­come to par­tic­i­pate. Pre-walk ac­tiv­i­ties be­gin at 8 a.m. There will be a “kids’ zone,” treats and wa­ter sta­tions for pets, spon­sor booths, heart health in­for­ma­tion and give-a-ways.

The money raised al­lows the Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion and Amer­i­can Stroke As­so­ci­a­tion to pro­vide pro­fes­sional and com­mu­nity education, as well as crit­i­cal re­search yield­ing med­i­cal ad­vances such as car­diac catheter­i­za­tion, open-heart surgery, an­gio­plasty, pace­mak­ers and CPR. For more in­for­ma­tion, check out lee­heart­walk.org.

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