ELLISVILLE, MS (WDAM) - Hundreds of Laurel and Ellisville area residents gathered at Jones County Junior College Saturday morning to help fight heart disease. More than 500 folks participated in the 5th annual Jones County Heart Walk for the American Heart Association.
The event raises funds for research and helps increase awareness of the value of exercise in preventing heart disease.
"(Heart disease) runs in our family and I would like to do all I can to help raise money to help fund further research," said Jeremy Felder, chairman for the Jones County Heart Walk.
"Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in the nation and stroke is number four, so we're really just trying to raise awareness," said Eve Elias, regional director for the American Heart Association.
Elias says the American Heart Association is funding more than $2.5 million in research in Mississippi.