Mason Dixon Heart and Stroke Walk raises $120,000

September 30, 2011
  • A record number of walkers participated in 106 teams in the 18th annual Mason Dixon Heart & Stroke Walk on Sunday, Sept. 25, at Greencastle-Antrim Elementary School.
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GREENCASTLE, Pa. — More than 100 teams from the Tri-State area, comprised of a record 650 walkers, participated in the American Heart Association’s signature event, the Mason Dixon Heart and Stroke Walk, on Sunday, Sept. 25, at Greencastle-Antrim Elementary School.

Day-of-event proceeds totaled $120,000.

Representing all heart and stroke survivors was the event’s Red Cap spokesman, Phil Cosentino. He was an avid runner, skier and scuba diver, so his heart disease diagnosis came as a great surprise.

In January 2011, Cosentino celebrated the one-year anniversary of his open-heart bypass surgery. Prior to his bypass surgery, he had six heart catheterizations and seven stents over a two-year period.  

For making positive changes to improve their quality of life and health, three individuals were recognized with Lifestyle Change Awards — Ronette Davis of Hagerstown, Dennis Mummert of Hagerstown and Traci Akers of Greencastle.

Recognition was also given to Citi in Hagerstown and to Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, Pa., for meeting the criteria required to receive national Fit Friendly Company status.

This year’s event had a special emphasis on promoting physical activity and heart-healthy living.

Participants had an opportunity to engage in activities that would create hope, inspire change and celebrate success.

For more information, call Sharon Strike at 717-263-2870, ext. 4260.

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