The American Heart Association inducted five volunteers into its Twin Cities Heart Walk Hall of Fame at its annual Heart Walk May 4 at Target Field, Minneapolis.
The inductees, who included Barb Darsow of Coon Rapids, were inducted during opening ceremonies at the Twin Cities Heart Walk.
The event brought over 20,000 people to Target Field to walk and raised over $2.3 million for research and public education in the fight against cardiovascular disease – the nation’s No. 1 killer.
The Heart Walk Hall of Fame honors each year a small group of “every day” individuals who:
• have a personal connection to the mission of the American Heart Association such as someone who is a heart disease or stroke survivor or whose family has been impacted by heart disease or stroke;
• have participated in the Heart Walk in the past;
• have helped significantly advance the mission of the American Heart Association by volunteering and/or fund-raising for the Heart Walk.
Darsow walked in her first Heart Walk 15 years ago. As a cardiac rehab nurse, she walks every year to inspire her patients on their road to recovery.
She raises money to fund the life-saving medical advancements she witnesses every day in her patients. The patients she has touched are too numerous to count, according to the heart association press release.
“Survivors and volunteers like these five Heart Walk Hall of Fame inductees are the reason we all walk,” says Meghan Perry, vice president of the Twin Cities Heart Walk”