LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - One of the teams participating in next month's American Heart Association Heart Walk hosted a fundraising event at O'Charley's in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The group is called Team Lucas - a group named after one year old heart disease survivor Lucas Walters.
Lucas Walters' mother, Kellie Hutchinson, is a former KPLC Meteorologist. Hutchinson coordinated the day's event with local celebrities serving and waiting on tables at the chain restaurant.
Approximately 10% of the proceeds between the hours of 11am-2pm CT will go towards Team Lucas' group for the American Heart Association Heart Walk. The walk is scheduled to take place on November 19, 2011 at McNeese State University.
Janice Ackley, Regional Director of American Heart Association SWLA says, "What we try to do with the American Heart Association is build healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Heart disease is the number 1 killer of all Americans."
Ackley says that 4300 Americans will experience a heart attack every day. Out of 4300 Americans, 2300 Americans will die from heart disease.