HARKER HEIGHTS — On Aug. 20, 2010, Bess Robertson got her wake-up call.

“If that didn’t wake me up I don’t know what would have,” she said about the massive heart attack she suffered while delivering newspapers early that morning. “That day changed everything.”

Roberston held up her torch and joined other heart attack survivors and heart disease patients during the second annual Seton Medical Center Harker Heights walk to fight heart disease and strokes Saturday morning.

Last year, the walk raised $13,000 to help the American Heart Association and Melissa Purl, marketing director and event co-chairwoman, said the goal this year is $15,000.

More than 300 people gathered in front of the hospital to walk 3.5 miles in support of heart health.

“I am blessed to be alive,” Robertson said about the disease that claimed her grandmother at age 42 and her mother at 62. “I was 52 when I had mine and I weighed more than 191 pounds.”

Since then, she overhauled her lifestyle and lost 20 pounds.

“These walks motivate me to keep going and to support others who are on their journeys,” she said.

Learn more about the American Heart Association’s efforts to reduce death caused by heart disease and stroke at www.heart.org.

Contact Vanessa Lynch at vlynch@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7567.

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