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Walkers brave Heartbreak Hill in New York Mills

Teams are making their way up Heartbreak Hill in New York Mills, which is located on Elm Street and is one of the most challenging parts of the Heart Run and Walk courses.

Posted: Mar 3, 2018 11:55 AM

NEW YORK MILLS – Teams are making their way up Heartbreak Hill in New York Mills, which is located on Elm Street and is one of the most challenging parts of the Heart Run and Walk courses.

Our NEWSChannel 2 crews caught up with Meteorologist Jill Reale on Heartbreak Hill, who says the weather today is a major improvement from last year’s frigid temperatures. The roadways are a bit slippery, but everybody is in a good mood and enjoying their walk, and the crowd is much larger than it was last year.

One team donning yellow duck costumes is called “Trisha’s Duckies,” and they’re walking in honor of a loved one who died of heart disease.

“My sister was Trisha and her nickname was Duckie, so we’re Trisha’s Duckies,” said one of the walkers.

“[Trisha] was born with Down’s syndrome and was born with a hole in her heart, so she had to have open heart surgery and she fought it for a really, really long time. And they didn’t think she’d make it to five, but she got to 29 and then the heart disease caught up with her.”

Whether walking for a loved one affected by heart disease or just turning out for the cause, runners and walkers are doing their part to raise awareness and funds for the American Heart Association. If you'd like to do your part to help the cause, you can call the WKTV Heart Telethon at 1-866-374-9588 before 1 p.m. to make a donation.

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