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Walk encourages heart health awareness

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LAWTON, OK (KSWO) –In celebration of American Heart Month more than 100 people participated in the second annual Soul to Sole Heart Health Awareness Walk.

The free event was hosted by the Lawton chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated and Run Lawton.

Participant Ashley Womack says she decided to walk on Saturday in support of her 12-year-old niece Madison Davis. She born with aortic stenosis, which is the narrowing of the aortic valve ultimately reducing blood flow to the body.

"Angioplasty, when she was about six months old. So luckily she hasn't had to have another surgery yet, but likely she'll have to have a valve replacement when she gets a little bit older," said Womack.

Womack says she found the walk online and thought it was a great opportunity to set a positive example for her niece.

"To show her and the family to get active and for her to stay active and you know just to be healthy," she said.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated President Cynthia Walker says they have been planning this walk since November to bring awareness of cardiovascular diseases by walking to stay “heart healthy”.

"It helps you to live longer. You feel better. You think better and like I am I told them even though I am a senior citizen. I want to still feel like I am young. You know you get out and walk and be able to move around versus being in your house sitting in a recliner so it helps us to get up and to get motivated to do something," said Walker.

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