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Broward Heart Walk Raises Millions for American Heart Association

Cheers rang out as the Broward Heart Walk kicked off Sunday morning.

The event raised more than $1 million for the American Heart Association

"The money we raise which is already over a million dollars stays right here in South Florida to fight heart disease and to help people who have heart disease," said Rick Case, owner of Rick Case Automotive Group.

More than 10,000 people came out to help fight heart disease and stroke by either walking a 5K, volunteering and donating.

"I have a best friend who died of a heart attack at age of 26 so I'm doing this in solidarity to him," Juilet Stewart said.

Rick Case is co-chair of this years heart walk alongside Keith Koeing of City Furniture who said that he is here in memory of his brother Kevin who died of a heart disease at age 54.

The fields of Nova Southeastern University were filled with families and friends as they enjoyed the day and learned more about why heart disease is America's number one killer.

"I'm a heart surgeon and I hope that whatever the American heart to do can and one of the things is they want to put me out of business and that's fine by me if they can put me out of business because that means people are getting better and healthier," said Ed Savage, Cleveland Clinic heart surgeon.

The million dollars raised will go to research in Broward County and education.

"We want to get the school system to certify every graduating senior in CPR," Koenig said. "So education will help."

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