Learn about 4-year-old Luke’s story + sign up now for the Tuscaloosa Heart Walk

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Tuscaloosa, it’s time to put on your walking shoes and hit the trail. The Tuscaloosa Heart Walk is coming to Government Plaza on Saturday, March 2.

Read on for the sweet story of four-year-old Luke and how you can help save lives like his when you sign up for the walk today.

Meet Luke, the honoree of Tuscaloosa Heart Walk

The Tuscaloosa Heart Walk will be honoring survivors, including 4-year-old Luke, a local child who has a congenital heart defect. Luke stands as a reminder that Heart Disease can affect the ones we love at any age.

The American Heart Association shared Luke’s story with us:

“Born in April of 2020 at UAB Hospital with a Double Inlet Left Ventricle, Luke’s journey is one that has required him to experience life differently from a young age.

Transferred to Children’s Hospital immediately after birth, he faced his first surgery at just seven days old. At three months, he underwent another procedure to support his heart function. Luke then faced his second surgery at four months old and is scheduled for a third one next year.

Despite facing real-life obstacles, Luke’s spirit remains unbroken. He loves tee-ball and enjoys watching his dad coach the Northridge Jaguars golf team. His loving mom, dad and sister are his biggest supporters.”

Whitney Hubbard, pictured above with Luke, is also a heart survivor. Whitney is a friend of Luke’s family, and they have a joint team for this year’s Heart Walk.

Every dollar raised at the Heart Walk goes toward advancing research and medical treatments that give Luke, Whitney and many others like them, a chance at a healthy life.

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Know before you go: Tuscaloosa Heart Walk

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Tuscaloosa Heart Walk (American Heart Association)

What can you expect at this fun event? I’m glad you asked. Here’s what is in store during the Tuscaloosa Heart Walk:

  • An exclusive “Heart Walk” playlist
  • 3.1 mile walk route
  • Dog-friendly event
  • Heart health activities like “stomp-out stress” + “color me mindful”
  • Kid-friendly walk route

BONUS: You can also sign up for the Birmingham Heart Walk on Saturday, March 9!

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Protect your health today + everyday

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Tuscaloosa Heart Walk is on March 2. (American Heart Association)

It’s better to keep up with your health even before you experience symptoms. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama has some great tips to maintain a healthy lifestyle:

  • Don’t drink too much alcohol
  • Eat a balanced diet (with less salt)
  • Find ways to manage your stress
  • Get regular exercise + stick to it
  • Keep a healthy weight
  • Quit smoking if you do
  • Take prescribed medication as directed

During Heart Health Awareness Month or not, it’s important to know how to keep your health intact. Taking part in fundraisers like Heart Walks is a great start to saving lives across Alabama and beyond—including your own.

Sign up for the Tuscaloosa Heart Walk today.

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