Heart Walk

OCC was well represented at the Heart Walk!
OCC was well represented at the Heart Walk!

People from across the region came to the OCC campus Saturday morning to take part in the Syracuse Heart Walk. The annual event raises money for the American Heart and American Stroke Associations.

All participants were asked to set a fundraising goal of $100. Any participants who reached that amount received an official 2016 Heart Walk t-shirt. The walk route for the event was the loop around campus. Participants could walk between one and three miles in the non-competitive event.

The turnout for the event was great! More than 3,000 people participated and raised over $500,000. The money will be used for lifesaving research, education, training and advocacy programs.

Everyone wanted their picture taken with Blaze!
Everyone wanted their picture taken with Blaze!

Heartfelt Fundraiser

OCC student Ryan Smach knows the pain of heart disease. “I lost two grandparents to heart disease. One died before I was born and the other died when I was three or four. The disease has a very personal connection to me and my family.”

Ryan Smach
Ryan Smach

Those losses motivated Smach to take an active role in the American Heart Association’s Syracuse Heart Walk, held March 28 at the SRC Arena. He collected donations from businesses and his family, raising a total of $1,400 in the fight against heart disease. “It was a rewarding experience. I will definitely help raise money again for future local events.”  Smach is a 2013 graduate of Fayetteville-Manlius high school who is pursuing a degree in Physical Education and Exercise Science at OCC.

OCC’s Heart Walk team consisted of nearly 300 people and raised more than $5,000 for the American Heart Association. College President Dr. Casey Crabill was the Honorary Team Chair. Professor Amy Klein was the Team Captain. Overall approximately 3,000 people participated and raised $510,000 for the American Heart Association.