Fairfield County Heart Walk & 5K Run to benefit the American Heart Association will be held Saturday, Oct. 8, at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. Registration at 8:30 a.m., Welcome program at 9:30 a.m., and Walk begins at 10 a.m.
The event combines heart-healthy exercise with fund-raising to make an impact on the nation’s #1 killer — heart disease. The AHA invites the public to join the fight against heart disease and help save lives. Registration is open online at fairfieldcountyheartwalk.org.
For Shelton resident, Lauren Tvardzik, this walk is personal. Her first surgery, after congestive heart failure, was at age three. Initially, her physician diagnosed her with a heart murmur, but the real cause was a mitral valve not working properly.
“It turns out that I was actually born with a deformed mitral valve and it finally gave up after three years of being overworked,” she said, “But I made it through, and I am a survivor. I went on to play sports throughout the rest of my high school career, I held a job, and I even got my driver's license. I was able to be a normal teenager and enjoy it. The only thing different about me is my scar, which I wear proudly every day, and the tick of my valve. I believe in taking care of myself, especially my heart.”