Heart Association Ambassador William Magill, left,
spoke on campus Aug. 20 about overcoming a stroke he suffered at age
33. Pictured with him, from left, are Amy Iseneker, President Patricia
Donohue and Barbara Kunkel.
All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate
in this year's American Heart Association (AHA) local "Start! Heart
Walk." The one- and three-mile walks will take place Sunday, Sept.
14, at Mercer County Park.
This is the fourth consecutive year that MCCC is rallying the staff
and faculty to walk and donate funds to combat cardiovascular disease
and stoke, the nation's No. 1 and No. 3 killers. Over the past four
years, Mercer has raised $26,000. The goal this year is to raise $6,000,
and break the $30,000 mark. Leading the effort are Amy Iseneker, program
coordinator for Horticulture and Plant Science, and Barbara Kunkel,
associate professor of Nursing, who conducted a workshop during preclass
week which featured 2008 Survivor Ambassador William Magill, who suffered
a stroke nine and half years ago at age 33.
Magill said he had exhibited various symptoms for three months, which
eluded doctors, prior to his massive stroke. "This is something
that can happen to anyone at any age," he said. Magill now volunteers
at St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Center and St. Mary Medical Center in
Langhorne, Pa. where he distributes information and speaks of his plight.
"Everyone should be aware and take precautions. Eighty percent
of strokes can be avoided."
According to Iseneker, 78 cents of every dollar donated to this cause
is earmarked for education and research. Her interest in prevention
was sparked by her father, who suffered a major heart attack at age
53. "I wanted to become educated on this and pass the word on,"
said Iseneker, who has played an instrumental role in spearheading campus
Kunkel agrees that spreading the word is of utmost importance. "In
addition to knowing one's risk factors, making healthy lifestyle choices
is critical," she said. "We need to learn more about our bodies
and how they adjust to the choices we make."
For more information on AHA's Start! Heart Walk, contact Amy Iseneker
at ext. 3372, Barbara Kunkel at ext. 3335 or Debbie Kell at ext. 3312.