Heart Walk Hits Home For Howell Teen

Meadow Gogliormella

ASBURY PARK – A Howell teen will be walking in this year’s American Heart Association Shoreline Heart Walk, which starts 9 a.m. Oct. 13 at Bradley Park at the Asbury Park Boardwalk.

Meadow Gogliormella, 13, will be walking as a survivor of her heart defect. She was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a congenital heart defect that leaves the left side of the heart severely underdeveloped.

She has undergone three multistage intervention procedures, one open chest and two open heart surgeries.

The walk raises funds and awareness for heart conditions. It will be held rain or shine.

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Activities begin at 9 a.m. and include free health screenings, celebration of members of the community who have made healthy lifestyle changes, a kid’s zone, CPR demonstrations, and music and entertainment.

The program follows at 10 a.m., with the ribbon cutting and walk starting at 10:30 a.m.

“Heart Walks are the signature community event for the American Heart Association’s Healthy for Good movement which encourages Americans to lead healthier lives by delivering science-based recommendations, tools, tips and motivation to build healthier behaviors. The walk also raises funds to support the fight against heart disease and stroke – our nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 leading causes of death,” Erin Boyle, the American Heart Association’s Communications Director, said.

The walks are held in more than 305 communities throughout the country.

For more information, visit shorelineheartwalk.org.