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Turning a 5 kilometer walk into a volunteer life saving opportunity keeps the American Heart Association busy in San Diego. The association gets locals ready to walk the 2014 San Diego Heart & Stroke Walk in Balboa Park on a September morning.

"Make A Difference," on the day stroke and heart disease survivors are celebrated, the association says. Walkers on the list for the event thousands walk each year do their work for the cause by raising awareness on the life rewards in increasing physical activity and improving healthy living.

Volunteers working at the built in Health Expo will show walkers the way to the survivor tent. The main event makes avoiding the harmful effects of the diseases, and, the people who overcame the deadly diseases an unnecessary loss in life.

The volunteers stationed in Balboa Park before the finish line keep the 5k walkers moving ahead on accomplishing their fitness goals. Giving directions. And, handing out water bottles.

American Heart Association event organizers put the call out to San DIegans to, "Join thousands of walkers as they step out to have fun, get in spired and support a meaningful cause!"

Making clear the healthy living message is not the only reason San Diegans walk to the finish line. Donations to the American Heart Association go into funding for research on finding a cure for heart disease and stroke at local research institutions--UCSD, The Salk Institute for Bilogy Studies, La Jolla Institute for Allergies and Immunology, and CSU San Marcos. New research work strengthens the fight against America's number 1 and number 4 killers. Heart disease. And, stroke.

Last year, the Heart & Stroke Walk raised over 1 million dollars. The goal is to build up the local researach funding higher. Over 10 million dollars gets invested in local research institutions.

Walkers supporters at the event, and the walkers, can armtheir team with powerful knowledge. Knowledge of the risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

Workplaces that put together a team take their steps in Balboa Park with their hearts set on one more goal. Building up employee and client morale.

THe line continues next week. . . .

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