Boston Heart Walk helping to build healthier communities

For Annie Sasena of Acton, Mass., participating in the American Heart Association’s Boston Heart Walk is much more than an act of charity — it’s an expression of gratitude steeped in family tradition. She credits the AHA for funding the clinical research that helped save her life.

“I have been a walker and donor for the American Heart Association all my life,” said Sasena, who was born with no right ventricle and with malformed coronary arteries. “My family and I owe everything to the AHA.”

Sasena was among 1,546 people — and her employer, PwC, was one of 246 teams — that participated in the Boston Heart Walk and helped raise $675,000 and rising.

Through public education, hands-on support in at-risk communities and fundraising, the campaign aimed to roll back the negative impact of COVID-19 on the health of Bostonians. Organizers called on employers to champion healthy change and PwC was among many that answered the call, raising $30,000 and sponsoring $15,000 for Hands-Only CPR education.

Thank you, Boston, for inspiring passionate commitment!

This article originally appeared in New from the Heart.