STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The Have A Heart Foundation of Staten Island will host its “Walk for Healthy Hearts” Sunday, April 18 at 10 a.m. in Clove Lakes Park., Sunnyside.

And for those who can’t attend the in-person walk, individuals can join in virtually by walking at the location of their choice.

The event will benefit the Have A Heart Foundation of Staten Island, a 501c-3 organization that helps Staten Islanders living with heart-related illness to receive the treatment, rehabilitation, and equipment needed to achieve the highest quality of life possible.

“Throughout the pandemic, the Have A Heart Foundation has continued to assist Staten Islanders with heart-related illness,” said Julie Weissglass Cohen, president and co-founder of the Have A Heart Foundation. “By walking with us, you can help support this important cause while getting some much-needed time outside.”

Each walker can register for $10 and will receive a T-shirt at the event.

In order to ensure safety, all walkers are asked to pre-register online and follow social distancing and mask guidelines at the event.

“As spring approaches, we encourage people to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather,” noted Allison Cohen, who serves as treasurer of the organization. “Whether it’s at Clove Lakes Park or the outdoor space of your choice, you can join us as we walk to help Staten Islanders living with heart-related illness.”

The Have A Heart Foundation of Staten Island, founded in 1992, provides grants to struggling families of children with heart-related illness. In 2020, the organization distributed $20,000 in grants to the families of children with heart conditions.

All members of the organization are volunteers, and nearly every dollar raised goes directly to Staten Islanders recovering from heart and heart-related illnesses.

In spite of losing two of its founding board members over the past year, co-founder Ed Mandrik and his wife, Anna, the organization continues in its mission to help local residents who have battled heart-related illness.

“In Ed and Anna’s memory, we want to continue the good work we’ve been doing over the last 29 years,” Julie added. “We hope to keep their legacies alive through the foundation for years to come.”

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