More than 16,000 people participated in Heart & Stroke Walks held in seven cities in Los Angeles County this fall, raising more than $1 million to fight heart disease and stroke. This year the Greater L.A. Heart & Stroke Walk extended its reach to four additional cities, doubled walker participation and engaged more than 300 hundred volunteers.
Walks were held in Palmdale, Pomona, Pasadena, Downtown L.A., Valencia, Santa Monica and Long Beach. Participants included individuals and teams formed by local companies who spent months raising money. Two of the largest walk teams were Union Bank and UCLA Health, which raised more than $143,000 and $107,000, respectively.
Four-time Super Bowl champion Jesse Sapolu joined the festivities and shared his story at the Pasadena and Santa Monica events. He is pictured with his wife Lisa and Greater Los Angeles Division senior vice president Tammy Rocker. Sapolu played with the San Francisco 49ers for 15 years with a dangerous heart condition caused by rheumatic fever when he was four years old. He has undergone two heart valve replacement surgeries and thanked participants for supporting the AHA’s research efforts.