The American Heart Association (AHA) recently held their annual heart walk at Metropolitan Park. Hundreds of heart disease and stroke survivors walked in the fundraiser to celebrate their survival and the fallen heart warriors. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer worldwide, and stroke ranks second globally.
Participant James Love was excited to be a part of the annual three mile walk. Since his bypass surgery earlier this year, he’s been on track to learn to love himself. A graduate of Raines High school and Florida Agricultural Mechanical University (FAMU), his love for work became his downfall. Love worked four jobs and refused to rest. For three days he had chest pains and convinced himself that nothing was wrong and even had a passing EKG saying he was healthy. The next day Love had to have emergency double bypass surgery. Since the surgery, Love has changed his love of work into the love of eating healthy, exercising and drinking plenty of water. “Get regular checkups and if you have chest pains and the EKG comes back positive ask for another test. I’m very thankful to be here today for my family and friends to participate in today’s heart Walk,” said Love. Barlow photo