Mark Hardin and the American Heart Association are partnering this weekend to host a benefit to generate awareness for the disease that not only claimed three of the most important women in his life but is also the No. 1 killer of women in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Cardiovascular or heart disease, a disease that is preventable and controllable, is the leading cause of death in both men and women, according to the CDC.
“Every year, about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack. About 600,000 people die from heart disease in the United States each year—that’s one out of every four deaths. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women,” according to www.cdc.gov.
Mark Hardin knows very well the cost of heart disease, particularly its effects on women. Hardin’s first wife, Cathy, died Oct. 5, 1996, of heart disease; she was only 40. Hardin’s mother, Irene, died the next day, also from heart disease. His last wife, coincidentally also named Irene, died July 25, 2013, from the same cause.
After suffering such a loss, Hardin is determined to raise awareness so others will be more informed about heart disease and can make healthier choices to prevent an attack.
“Women think they don’t get heart disease. Heart attack causes more deaths than any other disease,” Hardin said.
Although February is American Heart Month, Hardin in conjunction with the American Heart Association are opting to have the walk in October, a month known traditionally for its promotion of awareness for women’s health issues — particularly breast cancer.
The Cathy and Irene Hardin Memorial Walk will begin at 9 a.m. at the Hopkins County Courthouse. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. The fee is $25 per participant. All proceeds will go to the American Heart Association to help support medical research and education programs. To register in advance, contact Hardin at 903-689-6379. Everyone who registers for the walk will receive a T-shirt.
Audrey Norwood, a representative for the American Heart Association, will also be on hand with more information about AHA and how to prevent heart disease.
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