Tens of thousands lace up to fight heart disease and stroke in Tampa

TAMPA, FL (WFLA) – The one thing the tens of thousands of Tampa Bay Heart Walkers have in common is not just their love for the color red.

PHOTOS: Tampa Bay Heart Walk 2015

It’s their dedication to eliminating heart disease and stroke as the number one and number five killers of Americans.

“It touches everyone, even my own parents are both battling early onset risk factors for heart disease and I worry about them. I want to make sure they and everyone else out here in our community are aware of what they can do to prevent these causes,” said Andrea Masterson of HSN Cares.

Heart disease and stroke affect so many of our friends and family members right here in Tampa, including Megan Broucek, who has been bravely fighting a rare heart defect her entire life.

“I was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, which basically means you don’t have the left side of your heart. It can happen as soon as you are born… It’s one in every 100 babies now, which is way more than it used to be,” said Broucek.

Even those who couldn’t make it out for the walk were still wearing red. Kids being treated at John Hopkins All Children’s Heart Institute had their very own mini heart walk on Friday.

Red is the color of courage and strength, and with those sentiments, each and every participant walked on Saturday with a mission: to make heart disease and stroke history.

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