Lowcountry Heart Walk makes history and raises $1.2 million

The American Heart Association’s Lowcountry Heart Walk is making monumental strides by raising more than $1.24 million. This campaign is the first-ever million-dollar Heart Walk in South Carolina right here in Charleston.

The Lowcountry Heart Walk took place on Saturday, February 29th at Brittlebank Park in Downtown Charleston. 5,000 supporters and survivors from across the state attended this monumental event to support cardiovascular research and education.

The Lowcountry Heart Walk raises awareness that heart disease is 80% preventable based on lifestyle factors. Walking just 30 minutes a day greatly reduces your risk of heart disease and stroke, which are the No. 1 and No. 5 killers in the United States. More than one in three adults in South Carolina have some form of cardiovascular disease.

The Lowcountry Heart Walk is a culmination and celebration of a year’s work for company and community teams in the area. It wouldn’t be possible without local Life is Why sponsors MUSC Health and The InterTech Group.

2020 Lowcountry Heart Walk Chair Jim Newsome, President and CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority, is passionate about the American Heart Association’s mission to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.

“It’s a great privilege to be the chairman for the 2020 Lowcountry Heart Walk. We just concluded a record-breaking campaign year, raising $1.24 million, making this the largest American Heart Association event in South Carolina history and setting a new standard for the future in the Lowcountry. What really distinguishes this year’s Heart Walk is that we had a wonderful Executive Leadership Team, and it’s been a privilege to work with them,” says Newsome.

To give back to the campaign, go to www.LowcountrySCHeartWalk.org.