American Heart Association Announces Stanley Black & Decker Executive as 2020 Greater Hartford Heart Walk Chair

The Heart Walk Digital Experience Brings Communities Together to Fight Heart Disease and Stroke

The American Heart Association (AHA), the largest voluntary health organization fighting heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases, announces Russ Mills, VP Transformation & Integration Office, Stanley Black & Decker, as chair of the 2020 Greater Hartford Heart Walk.

 As chair, Russ Mills is leading the organizational and recruitment efforts in Greater Hartford. He is calling on survivors, walkers, and business leaders to join in to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular disease and stroke, the leading cause of death in the United States. The Greater Hartford Heart Walk campaign is slated to raise $300,000 for the American Heart Association.

“Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States with over 7,000 deaths in Connecticut each year”, said Russ Mills, Hartford Heart Walk chair. “With COVID-19 having a greater impact on those with cardiovascular conditions, it is more important than ever to fund research and the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association. Our collective efforts directly contribute to saving lives”

With the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic keeping more Americans at home, the American Heart Association, is embracing the new normal and moving its iconic Greater Hartford Heart Walk to a digital experience. The Greater Hartford Heart Walk is a fun and meaningful way to celebrate heart and stroke survivors, raise lifesaving funds and encourage physical activity.

The 2020 Heart Walk Experience will be a blend of weekly Walk-Where-You-Are outings throughout the region, a step-challenge competition amongst participants, and multiple learning opportunities. The month-long campaign culminates with an online celebration Saturday morning, October 17th that will feature survivors and caregivers, and the results of the fundraising effort.

2019 Heart Walk!

The 2020 autumn Heart Walks across the nation are anticipated to be the largest ever as families and co-workers leverage the opportunity to re-connect and get outdoors in safe conditions. Over one million Americans people are expected to take part in a Heart Walk between September and November.

To join the 2020 Heart Walk movement, visit From there, participants can access the walk site suggestions, form teams, and customize their own Heart Walk web page. Registrants can also use the Heart Walk mobile app and encourage friends and family to join the fun. Participants can also follow along by marking “Going” on the Facebook Event Page “2020 Greater Hartford Heart Walk Digital Experience” and can stay up to date with all of the fun leading up to walk day and beyond! On the day of, everyone is encouraged to wear their Heart Walk shirt and post pictures and videos to the Facebook event page to document their activity using #HartfordHeartWalk.

The Greater Hartford Heart Walk is sponsored locally by Stanley Black & Decker, KPMG, ConnectiCare, iHeart Media and supported by teams from throughout the Hartford, Connecticut and Springfield, MA region

Funds raised from the Greater Hartford Heart Walk go towards research, advocacy, CPR training and to promote better health. Visit to learn more.

For more information about registering for the Hartford Heart Walk visit For more information on participating or making a contribution to the Heart Walk contact Bill Lee at 203-303-3340.