Syracuse Heart Walk raises more than $500,000 to fight heart disease and stroke


Syracuse Heart Walk Start Line Thousands of people from across Central New York came together Saturday at the 2016 Syracuse Heart Walk to fight our nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers: heart disease and stroke.

The Greater Syracuse Region drew a crowd of more than 3,000 fundraising walkers and runners that lined the Onondaga Community College campus on Saturday, April 2nd.  Pre-event activities were held inside the SRC Arena, including blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, healthy demonstrations, a Fun Run for kids, and entertainment.

Participants helped raise more than $500,000 at the 2016 Syracuse Heart Walk.  Heartfelt thanks and congratulations go to all of the sponsors, teams and individuals that helped the American Heart Association work toward its mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Over the past three decades of Heart Walk in Syracuse, the generous community has raised more than $5.5 million for lifesaving research, education, training, and advocacy programs.

The signature sponsor of this year’s walk is OBG (O’Brien & Gere). Jim Fox, CEO at OBG, served as the volunteer chairman of this year’s event. Jim Fox says, “OBG is proud to be the signature sponsor of the Heart Walk in Syracuse. As OBG celebrates its 70th anniversary, we continue to support health and wellness programs that benefit our employees, clients, and the communities in which we live and work. Events like the Syracuse Heart Walk are valuable because they provide a positive platform to connect our community around the common goal of wellness. Thank you to all the sponsors and participants who are helping to raise lifesaving funds in the fight against heart disease and stroke.”

Other major local sponsors include Anchor QEA, IBEW/NECA, and media sponsors B104.7, NewsChannel 9 and the Business Journal News Network.

The Heart Walk is sponsored nationally by SUBWAY® Restaurants. Local franchisees generously donated more than 3,500 sandwiches for the event.

If you were not able to participate in the event but would still like to support the American Heart Association, you can donate at

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