ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - The 2014 America's Greatest Heart Run & Walk which culminates at Utica College is now less then a month away. It's set for March 1st, but every February, Rome has it's own version, which also raises money to fight heart disease and stroke.
Rome Indoor Run & Walk Chairperson Diane Butler says this year's event seems as busy as any in the past, "You know we've had a very cold winter, even single digits last night, so it helps our attendance. But who knows whether we'll have warm weather March 1st or frigid cold, but we've really had a cold winter."
And just like it's counterpart in Utica, the goal here is to raise money the American heart Association for research to help fight heart disease and stroke.
Money that's helped many people in Rome area community who take part in this event every year, including Michael Heysham of Rome, who was one of this year's Heart Run & Walk Red Cap Ambassadors, "I had a heart transplant two years ago, been dealing with viral cardiomyopathy since I was in my 20's. So been dealing with heart disease for 23 years now."
Heysham says he has mechanical devices in his chest that help him with his heart transplant and allows him to live a normal life...and do plenty of walking...and fundraising.