Immediate: September 1, 2006
Contact: Alicia Steger 516.572.9634
Nassau Community College Hosts American Heart Walk
Garden City, NY Nassau Community College is the official Nassau County location for this year's American Heart Walk. Nearly 3,000 volunteers and participants are expected to take part in the walk, which will take place on Sunday, September 17 at the NCC Field House, with a health fair and registration from 8:30 to 9:30 and the walk itself starting at 10:00 a.m. Lunch will be provided for registered participants and volunteers after the walk.
“Nassau Community College is pleased to be the Nassau County host for the American Heart Walk for the fifth year,” said Dr. Sean A. Fanelli, President of NCC. “The partnership established over the years between the College and the American Heart Association has created opportunities for thousands of walkers to raise much needed funding for heart and stroke research.”
This year NCC will be walking in honor of Martin Gallo, an Elmont resident and a Public Safety Officer at the College. In November 2003, Gallo had a triple bypass and a mitral valve replacement.
Michael J. Dowling, the Chair of the 2006 American Heart Walk, is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Long Island Jewish Health System. NCC President Dr. Sean Fanelli is Vice Chair of the walk and Reginald Tuggle, the Director of College/Community Relations at the College, is the NCC Heart Walk Team Chair.
The American Heart Walk, sponsored by the American Heart Association, is a 5K walking event established to raise funds in the fight against heart disease and stroke on Long Island. It also promotes cardiovascular health and regular exercise.
If you would like to participate or volunteer in this year's American Heart Walk, contact Karen Curley of the American Heart Association at 516.370.1022. Contact Reggie Tuggle at 516.572.7251 for information about Nassau's participation in the event.