What Is A Survivor?
A survivor is defined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association as anyone who has had a stroke or has/had any form of heart disease and SURVIVED. This can include, but is not limited to, heart attack, cardiac arrest, heart failure, an irregular heartbeat, heart valve problems, stroke, and congenital heart defects.
Why Get Involved?
Getting involved in your local Heart Walk event can introduce you to others who are facing the same challenges, and provide opportunities for learning, sharing, and friendship. It also gives survivors a fantastic chance to share their story with others. Nothing is more powerful than a story from the heart. Stories of survival make the facts and figures on heart disease and stroke come to life and echo the importance of their messages of prevention and early detection, accurate diagnosis, and proper treatment.
One single story can inspire, teach and provide hope for millions of others being affected by heart disease and stroke. The power of someone’s words can have an impact greater than you would ever imagined.
How We Celebrate Survivors
Heart disease and stroke survivors are an important part of our Heart Walks. On Heart Walk day, each survivor receives a red ball cap and have the opportunity to gather with other survivors in a special Survivor tent. Throughout the day, they are honored with tributes and are asked to lead off the walk. A special, shorter 'survivor' walk route has been created to make it possible for everyone to participate.
Let Us Know You Are A Survivor!
If you are a survivor and would like to get involved, find a Heart Walk near you and register. Don't forget to tell us that you are a survivor during the registration process!