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Big turnout as Dubuque Heart Walk sets donation record

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Hundreds brought their passion, energy and money to the Dubuque River Walk today for a great cause; the American Heart Association's annual Dubuque County Heart Walk.

The American Heart Association hopes to further its mission of preventing heart disease with a new initiative; 'My Heart, My Life.' It's designed to get Iowans to live healthier lifestyles.

Walkers set a lofty goal this year of 132-thousand dollars, as they walked along the banks of the Peosta Channel of the Mississippi River. They not only met the goal; they exceeded it, says Ani Kruse Snyder, Regional Vice President for the American Heart Association. 

"We're excited that we set a record here today of 132-thoussnd dollars. Achieving our goal. It's the first time we've raised more than 100-thousand dollars in the Dubuque County Heart walk", says Ani. "The money that we raise today stays local in the State of Iowa towards research and education, In fact, we spend more on research and education that we raise."

Cutting the ribbon to start the Dubuque County Heart Walk Saturday was 10-year old heart disease survivor, Ellie Gaber. Ellie is doing fantastic today, but she was born with a hole in her heart, a missing valve and enlarged pulmonary arteries.

Heart surgery when she was just 2-months old saved Ellie's life. Events like the heart walk helped Ellie 10-years ago, and still helping so many others today and into the future.

A reminder, too; the Waterloo Heart Walk is coming up May 19th at George Wyth State Park.

Watch Video of the Dubuque Heart Walk on the KWWL Saturday News at 6.  

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