Brewster resident Al Tarantino was honored as a survivor honoree at this year’s event. Tarantino had a massive heart attack at work and was revived with CPR and an AED. In the months following his heart attack, he had cardiac arrest, bypass surgery, cardiac ablation and multiple medications to control his arrhythmia, and eventually he had heart transplant surgery.
Tarantino and dozens of community and company teams, and other survivors took to the Heart Walk’s two- or four-mile route at Brewster High School to raise funds and awareness for heart disease and stroke. One of the newest teams, March for Mark, was organized by a high school senior Allie Chaves who lost her father to heart disease in May of 2009. He was only 45 years old.
Team “Bueti’s Hearts” walked in memory of past Heart Walk Honoree, Tony Bueti, who died this winter, awaiting his second heart transplant.
“Cardiovascular diseases and stroke are the leading causes of death among men and women. Events like the Heart Walk help promote our message of healthy lifestyles through exercise, and help raise important funding for programs and research,” said Jennifer Maher, Team Leader CEO/Business strategist at Keller Williams Realty Group and chair of the Heart Walk.“This event brings together the business community and the local community behind one cause that affects us all.”