Anza Electric Cooperative to help in fight against heart disease at annual Heart Walk event

February is National Heart Month and Anza Electric Cooperative employees, aka “Team Anza,” will once again participate to help the American Heart Association in the fight against heart disease and stroke.

The entire community is invited to join the employees and their families at Lake Skinner near Temecula April 28, for the 2018 5K Southwest Riverside County Heart & Stroke Walk. Participants will walk to raise both funds and awareness for the American Heart Association’s cause.

An AEC news release said the donations will help the American Heart Association to “fight for a future where a parent does not have to hear that their child has a heart defect. A future where an adult does not have to face the uncertain times ahead after receiving a diagnosis of heart disease or suffering from a stroke. A future where you and I will know that we had a part in making this possible.”

Almost 1 million Americans at 305 events across the country will walk to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, according to the American Heart Association Heart Walk website.

The American Heart Association does not conduct research; instead, it utilizes donations to fund research projects. Research applications are carefully selected by teams of scientists and healthcare professional volunteers.

The association has funded 13 Nobel Prize winners and important medical discoveries, such as techniques and standards for CPR, the first artificial heart valve, implantable pacemakers, cholesterol inhibitors, microsurgery and drug-coated stents.

The American Heart Association funds more research into these diseases than any other nonprofit organization. They have contributed more than $4 billion in research since 1949.

“The fight against heart disease and stroke is important to me, which is why I’m walking in the American Heart Association’s Southwest Riverside County Heart Walk once again,” Anza Electric Cooperative General Manager Kevin Short said. ‘Will you support my efforts to fight the nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers – heart disease and stroke?

“I Heart-walk for the millions of people who have been affected and for their loved ones,” Short said. “I Heart-walk for people just like you and me who want to help make our communities healthier, more active places.”

As of press time, the AEC had raised $1,050 of a $2,500 goal. The AEC collected $4,000 at the 2017 5K Walk event.

“The power we have together far outweighs what I can do alone,” Short said. “Please help me by donating today, and joining us on April 28 for the walk. Your generosity would mean so much to me.”

To learn more, visit the AEC’s Team Anza website at

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