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Alvarado Hospital physicians and staff are walking to raise money in the fight against heart disease and stroke in San Diego as part of the American Heart Association’s 2015 Heart Walk. The 4-mile Heart Walk takes place on Saturday, Sept. 19, in Balboa Park. This is the 10th year that Alvarado has support the event through walkers, donations and educational materials.

“Our goal this year is to raise $10,000 through hospital and employee donations,” said Peggy Wilkinson, chair of the hospital’s Wellness Committee, which is spearheading this year’s team.

Although the walk is free to participate, employees who make a tax-deductible donation not only do something good for the community, but also receive a complimentary T-shirt. Special fundraisers included gourmet cookie sales, raffle prizes, bake sales, and much more.

Employees, physicians and community members who would like to participate in this year’s Heart Walk can sign up or e-mail the Team Alvarado captain.

The walk starts at 7 a.m. and includes dozens of healthcare booths, giveaways, pet area, and fun events for the whole family. Well-behaved dogs are encouraged to attend and participating Alvarado dogs receive a complimentary bandana.

A group photo will be taken following the walk.

Heart Walk
Balboa Park at 6th Avenue and Laurel Street (new location)

6 a.m. Expo Opens
6:45 a.m. Opening Ceremonies
7 a.m. Miracle Miles for Survivors
7:10 a.m. 4-Mile Walk Begins
9 a.m. Closing Ceremonies

Public parking will be available at the Inspiration Point parking lot, located at the intersection of Park Boulevard and Presiden’ts Way. For your convenience, there will be shuttles transporting participants from the parking lot to the expo ara and back starting at 5:15 a.m. Dogs and strollers will be allowed on the shuttles.

Please allow yourself extra time to account for traffic delays, parking and boarding a shuttle.

For general information about San Diego Heart Walk, click here.