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Success At Annual Heart Walks--Waterloo Walk May 15



Little Matthew Wessels has had quite a first year of life. Matthew is a survivor of several heart surgeries and will face additional surgeries in the future. The American Heart Association Saturday paid tribute to the courageous one-year old, naming Matthew the 2010 Dubuque Heart Walk Honored Survivor.

The son of Amanda and Brian Wessels, Matthew helped cut the Heart Walk ribbon with his Mom and one of his older brothers, Luke. Then, Matthew mustered enough strength to walk to and across the start line all by himself to begin the annual Dubuque Heart Walk.

Matthew's many supporters are known as ‘Team Little Matt.' ‘Team Little Matt' raised a total of $6,501 for this year's Dubuque Heart Walk, and was the top fund-raising team. The Top Company Award went to Mercy Medical center-Dubuque, which raised $ 17,335.16.

Matthew, himself, was the top walker, raising more than $5,000 for the continuing fight against heart disease, still the leading cause of death in the United States.

The American Heart Association hosts another major walk on Saturday, May 15, at George Wyth State Park in Black Hawk County, presented by Allen Health System. Teams and individuals are urged to take part in the Waterloo Heart Walk on May 15.

American Heart Association Regional Director, Kristin Anderson, says, "We're trying to get as many people to come out as possible, so, even if you're not fundraising, if you haven't signed up to have a team, you can still do so. There's no cost to participate, so you can come out the day of the walk and as well. Enjoy refreshments, kids' activities and a beautiful walk. For those individuals that want to get involved, but haven't done so yet, we encourage you to do so."

For more information, contact the American Heart Association's Waterloo Heart Walk online at: can also contact the American Heart Association on Facebook: Cedar Valley Region-American Heart Association




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