Dear Editor,

I would like to thank the Jersey Shore businesses, organizations, families and community groups who stepped up to the plate to help hit heart disease and stroke out of the park at the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s 2016 Shoreline Heart Walk.  The fundraising and wellness event, which was held on Saturday, October 29 at FirstEnergy Park, home of the Lakewood BlueClaws in Lakewood, NJ, was a huge success.

I’m happy to announce that the event raised over $128,000 for the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.  Donations to the Heart Walk support such life-saving efforts as funding research and education, advocating for better health, improving patient care and reaching at-risk populations. As President of Jersey Shore University Medical Center, I see how these efforts directly improve the lives of our patients.

Nationally sponsored by Subway and locally sponsored by Hackensack Meridian Health, New Jersey Natural Gas, RWJBarnabas, CentraState, Food Circus Supermarkets, Inc., Mid-Atlantic Surgical Associates, WBJB 90.5, 105.7 The Hawk, WOBM AM, 92.7 WOBM and 94.3 The Point, the Shoreline Heart Walk encouraged participants to learn more about heart disease and stroke risks and to take steps to help prevent these diseases in our community.

Heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and No. 5 killers of Americans.  The American Heart Association is committed to helping individuals and businesses foster a culture of health, and to providing science-based treatment guidelines to healthcare professionals, policymakers and the public.

For more information about the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, please visit www.heart.org.

Respectfully,

Kenneth N. Sable, M.D. MBA, FACEP

Co-Chair, Shoreline Heart Walk

President, Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital

Neptune, NJ