FSU sorority raises over $15K for heart health awareness

Published: Mar. 5, 2017 at 12:12 PM EST
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By: Erika FernandeZ

March 5, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Nearly 400 people ran for a special cause Sunday morning. Alpha Phi sorority hosted their inaugural Heart Health Race, hoping to urge women to get out and get their hearts checked.

Heart disease is the number one killer in women. But this sorority is aiming to bring awareness of the epidemic, and find a cure.

"Women are not treated as aggressively as men with heart disease, so we have to go the extra mile to get noticed and to get the proper care," said runner, Grace Davidson.

"Just getting awareness out there, a lot of people may not know that it can effect a 15 year-old girl standing right next to them," said Elizabeth Seccombe.

Seccombe was diagnosed with neurocardiogenic syncope in high school, meaning her heart doesn’t pump enough blood to her brain. So this race and this cause is close to her heart.

"It's something that doesn't really affect me anymore just because we know how to manage it, but it would cause a lot of fainting spells which was a problem for me in high school, Seccombe said.

Alpha Phi is advocating for women to stay on top of your health, and be aware of the signs, proving that preventative medicine is the best medicine.

"I’m a mature woman now and it's so great to see college-aged kids have this awareness at this age so they can continue to just help our whole nation to be healthier," said runner, Judi Cabrera.

Alpha Phi sorority raised over $15-thousand for their philanthropy, all of which will be distributed to local hospitals and women’s heart health organizations.

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