HUNDREDS HELP HEARTS GET HEALTHY; WESTLAKE VILLAGE TREK RAISES MONEY FOR RESEARCH.Byline: Sylvia L. Oliande Daily News Staff Writer
After a bite of breakfast and a brisk warm-up exercise in the chill of a cold Saturday morning, more than 750 people took off for a 5K walk through the Conejo Valley The Conejo Valley is a region spanning both Southeastern Ventura County and Northwest Los Angeles County in Southern California, United States. It was discovered in 1542 by Spanish explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, and eventually became part of the Rancho El Conejo land grant by , bringing attention and money for the American Heart Association American Heart Association (AHA),
n.pr a national voluntary health agency that has the goal of increasing public and medical awareness of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, and thereby reducing the number of associated deaths and disabilities. .
The event is the first collaborative walk between the Conejo Valley and Las Virgenes divisions of the American Heart Association.
Nearly 100 teams from companies throughout the area arrived to walk the 5K route through Westlake Village, Lakeview and Lindero Canyon. Officials said they hoped to raise about $80,000 for heart disease and stroke research, targeting ailments that kill 950,000 Americans annually.
``Most people's lives have been touched by this, with someone in their family, or themselves, with heart disease,'' said Rick Schroeder, president of the Las Virgenes Division.
That was true for many walkers, who said the cause was special to them because they had relatives who are living with heart disease.
Nickie Fuladi, who was participating with co-workers at Amgen, said her father first had a triple bypass surgery triple bypass surgery Coronary arterial bypass graft, see there in 1982 and a quadruple quad·ru·ple
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n. bypass a few years later.
``I do it because if somebody can get a chance like he did, then it's all worth it,'' she said. ``I guess whatever research they are doing, it works.''
Others were walking in tribute to the memory of men and women who did not survive heart attacks.
Matt Price, a young teen walking with his parents and several workers from Bank of America
Bank of America (NYSE: BAC TYO: 8648 ) is the largest commercial bank in the United States in terms of deposits, and the largest company of its kind in the world. , was 4 years old when his great-grandpa Ray Price died of a heart attack.
He watched as his paternal PATERNAL. That which belongs to the father or comes from him: as, paternal power, paternal relation, paternal estate, paternal line. Vide Line. grandfather, an American Heart Association volunteer, tried to revive him to no avail.
``We want to show that we're trying to stay in good fitness, remember them and try to avoid the causes of heart disease,'' said Matt's mother, Cindy. ``It's good to remember that it affects everyone, no matter who you are, how you live.''
A testament to that was the walk's guest of honor, Kate Klugman, a physically active mother of two babies, who suffered a stroke three years ago at the age of 34.
The Manhattan Beach Manhattan Beach, city (1990 pop. 32,063), Los Angeles co., S Calif., on Santa Monica Bay; inc. 1912. It is a residential and beach community with an oil refinery and nearby factories that produce transportation and electrical equipment, computers, and pottery. resident battled back from paralysis and has become a national spokeswoman for the American Heart Association. She said she attends as many of these fund-raising walks as she can.
``I love the atmosphere of the people,'' she said. ``They really get into it. They're really experiencing life, and that is what it's all about, living.''
PHOTO (1--Color) Frankie Westall, left, and Ali Sandoval, both 7, sport balloon hats during Saturday's 5K walk.
(2) Irish wolfhounds Irish wolfhound, breed of very large hound whose origins may be traced back many centuries in Ireland. The tallest of dogs, it stands about 34 in. (86.4 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs about 140 lb (63.5 kg). Its rough, wiry coat is usually gray in color. Kerrigan, left, and Rory accompany Ron Cagnon in the Heart Association benefit walk.
Charlotte Schmid-Maybach/Special to the Daily News