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Heart disease survivors, identified by their red hats, lead the more than 200 walkers from the Museum of Ashe County History during 2015’s Ashe County Heart Association Heart Walk.

JEFFERSON — Preparations are being made for the 2016 Ashe County Heart Walk.

This year, the Heart Walk will be held Sept. 17 at the Museum of Ashe County History.

The walk is the American Heart Association’s mission-in-action event fighting heart disease and stroke in the local community.

Funds raised from the Heart Walk support local efforts in treatment of heart disease and stroke and help foster a culture of health in our community, a spokesman for the event said.

Heart Disease is America’s No. 1 killer and stroke is No. 5. One in four Americans of all ages suffer from one or more cardiovascular disease.

Heart disease is a major cause of permanent disability and kills almost 1 million Americans annually, the spokesman said.

Walk registration is from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., with the walk starting at 10 a.m.

Sponsorships are available for $500, $250 or $100 and are still being received.

Currently, sponsors are SkyLine , Gotta Goodman Heart, Carolina West Wireless, GE Volunteers, Leviton, United Chemi-Con, Boondocks, Warrensville Baptist Church, Boone Family Funeral Home, Jerry McMillan, Eddie and Edie Miller, Joan Weaver, Joel and June Weaver, Ashe County Cheese, Bethany United Methodist Church, Guardian Insurance and Mountain Aire Seafood.

Deadline for sponsorship is Aug. 22.

“You can also support the Heart Walk by purchasing ‘The Beat Goes On’ T-shirt for $12, available at Ashe County Cheese or Becky’s Boutique. Also, try one of Boondock’s famous Mountaineer salads or California wraps and 10 percent of the proceeds with go to the Heart Walk,” the spokesman said.

“Your support is vital to Ashe County. Join us for a day of fun, music, children’s bouncy houses, face painting and more. Please go to Charity Navigator website to review the four out of the four-star rating for the American Heart Association,” the spokesman said.

Those who would like to form a team or want to walk as an individual, contact Sandy Roten at (336) 977-2653. Also, go to www.asheheart.org for more information on the Ashe County Heart Walk and other related events.

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