While the number of cardiovascular disease deaths is on the decline, as many as 2,150 Americans die every day from its effects, according to the American Heart Association.
The AHA Heart Walk is one way the organization aims to stop heart disease and death. This weekend, area residents have a way to help fight the disease.
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne holds its first Hole Heart golf tournament with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Saturday at Cleburne Golf Links. Tournament proceeds benefit the Heart Walk, which is Sept. 7 in Fort Worth.
Statistics from the American Heart Association show that many people are still at risk for disability from cardiovascular disease-related issues. As many as 79 percent of Americans fail to meet the federal guidelines for physical activity, and about 155 million adults in the country are considered overweight or obese.
“We have been tasked with raising $15,155 for the American Heart Walk,” said Ronda Dillard, tournament organizer. “Because one of our major diseases that we deal with in hospital admissions is heart disease; strokes, congestive heart failure, any number of things, it all comes back to heart disease.”
The cost to participate in the scramble-style tournament is $100 per person or $400 per team of four. Those who participate receive a T-shirt and lunch provided by the Texas Health Cleburne chef. Players can also sign up for various prizes and win awards.
“We wanted to be a part of the effort to help improve the health of the community of the people we serve,” said Blake Kretz, Texas Health Cleburne president. “It is not something that has been promoted much in Johnson County, but [heart disease] is prevalent everywhere including Johnson County.
“We support the Relay For Life [of Johnson County], and we had a team there and we want to support the Heart Walk as well.”
Dillard said 30 teams can participate and about half the spots were full. Donations to the Heart Walk and company sponsorships are also welcome.
“If someone really wants to help us participate and they don’t have the $100, they can come out and get a pledge card which are $5 a piece,” Dillard said. “We are going to try to have pledge cards all the way down the hall from the emergency room to the ICU. If they pledge $20, they get a T-shirt.”
For registration or sponsorship opportunities, contact Dillard at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 817-556-5479.