Mid-South Heart Walk draws thousands - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Mid-South Heart Walk draws thousands

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Renee and Bertha Thompson walked the race in honor of their family. (Source: WMC Action News 5) Renee and Bertha Thompson walked the race in honor of their family. (Source: WMC Action News 5)
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Tourists in downtown Memphis had puzzled looks on their faces as men and women in red dresses ran through the streets of downtown Saturday morning.  The runners, some in party dresses, some in tulle skirts, were a part of the Mid-South Heart Walk and Red Dress Dash. 

The event raises awareness about heart health. WMC Action News 5's Ron Childers chaired this year's run.

Local companies, groups, and families took to the streets to honor loved ones who have died due to heart disease, those who are fighting it or in hopes of preventing it. Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell and other county leaders took part, along with First Tennessee, International Paper, and several local hospitals.

Bertha Thompson said her family has a history of heart disease. Her parents lost their lives to it, and her siblings are battling heart disease now.  She walked with her daughter, Renee. Renee Thompson says supporting her Mom and honoring her family is very important to her.  Since she has a family history, she says she is aware she needs to take care of herself.  She said she recently lost thirty pounds and got her cholesterol to a normal level.  She said leading a healthy lifestyle is critically important. 

The runners and walkers have already raised $275 thousand, toward their $400 thousand goal. There is still time to donate. Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans.    

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