Heart Walk Held In Tyler

It kills more Americans each year than any other disease.  Saturday, hundreds of East Texans showed up in Tyler to try and change that.

More than 400 people showed up bright and early at Rose Rudman Park for the annual "Heart Walk".  The walk is the largest fundraiser for the American Heart Association.

The event has grown each year in Tyler attracting more and more walkers.  With this year's event falling on September 11th, organizers say it was a unique opportunity to support the cause and honor those lost.

"We are out here walking to raise dollars for research for heart disease, we're walking in honor of people who have suffered from heart disease but we're also honoring those that we lost on 9/11 so we're walking for our physical hearts and our emotional hearts as well," said Leann Pittard, corporate marketing director for the AHA of Tyler.

Two year old Nathan Wilcox was this year's "living tribute" for the heart walk.  Organizers are hoping to raise about $40,000 from the event.

Chris Gibson, reporting