A girl holds up a sign in support of the fight against heart disease during the Sept. 14, 2013, annual Rutherford Heart Walk in Murfreesboro, Tenn. The walk raises funds for research. (Photos submitted)
More than 1,000 walkers came together on a picture-perfect day Saturday for the 2013 Rutherford Heart Walk at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro.
The annual event by the American Heart Association raises funds to support research and education to fight the two of the top killers of Americans, heart disease and stroke.
According to the association, heart disease kills more people than all forms of cancer combined, with Tennessee having the seventh worst rate of death from cardiovascular disease in the U.S. About 14,000 Tennesseans die of heart disease each year and 3,200 of stroke.
The American Heart Association funds research that has led to CPR, stents, pacemakers, and many of the innovations used in cardiovascular care today, as well as programs improving health in schools, companies and communities across the nation.
The Rutherford Heart Walk so far has raised more than $85,000.
For those who were unable to participate in the annual event but want to help in the fight against heart disease, donations are still being accepted at www.rutherfordheartwalk.org.