Volunteers gathered from all across Jackson County at Pascagoula beach Saturday morning to join the fight against heart disease.
The 2017 Jackson County MS Heart Walk took place at the Pascagoula Beach Park on March 18. With heart disease causing roughly one in four deaths in the U.S., money raised from the heart walk is able to go to life-saving research.
One participant with the Chevron team has heart disease affect him personally in his lifetime.
“In 2007, I lost my mother to heart disease,” said Chris Cochran, a maintenance team leader. “My father has heart disease, and I was diagnosed with heart disease and had four heart stents.”
However, Cochran hasn’t let the odds discourage him.
“The heart walk is important to me to show even if you have heart disease, you can be very active,” he said.
Saturday’s Heart Walk was able to raise over $98,000 for the American Heart Association.