Why I Walk

My family is why!

My father was a heart attack and bypass survivor and my sister, who suffered a massive heart attack at age 40, is a survivor too!

They are why I walk! I also walk for future heart health of my children and a focus on preventing heart disease in this next generation.

For more than a decade, I have been fundraising and emceeing the Tampa Bay Heart Walk and every year it gets bigger and better! I hope you will consider joining my team and donating. This is a fight, with enough support and money, we can win!

Heart Walk 2019

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Thank you for joining Stacie Schaible and the WFLA News Channel 8 team as we fought against heart disease and stroke in the 2019 Tampa Heart Walk.

The Tampa Heart Walk was held Saturday, Nov. 9 at Raymond James Stadium. More than 35,000 people participated. WFLA 8 On Your Side Anchor Stacie Schaible hosted the opening ceremony and gave the cue to begin walking around 9 am.

This year, the Tampa Bay Heart Walk raised over $3.8 million dollars for the American Heart Association. We aimed to surpass what we raised last year with the help of our sponsors Kane’s Furniture and Pepin Distributing. Each agreed to match the first $50,000 we raise. In total, we helped raise $156,192 dollars.

Through your financial support, you are not only helping hearts in our community, but you are also helping fund lifesaving research and educate adults and children at risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

Heart Facts:

  • About 610,000 people die from heart disease in the United States every year- that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.
  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. More than half of the deaths due to heart disease in 2009 were in men.
  • Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the most common type of heart disease, killing over 370,000 people.
  • Every year about 735,000 Americans have a heart attack. Of these, 525,000 are a first heart attack and 210,000 happen in people who have already had a heart attack.

Stroke Facts:

  • Strokes kill about 140,000 Americans each year—that’s 1 out of every 20 deaths.
  • Someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds. Every 4 minutes, someone dies of a stroke.
  • Every year, more than 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke. About 610,000 of these are first or new strokes.
  • About 185,00 strokes—nearly 1 of 4—are in people who have had a previous stroke.
  • About 87 percent of all strokes are ischemic strokes, in which blood flow to the brain is blocked.
  • Stroke costs the United States an estimated $34 billion each year. This total includes the cost of health care services, medicines to treat stroke, and missed days of work.
  • Stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability. Stroke reduces mobility in more than half of stroke survivors age 65 and over.

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