BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Around 1,000 walkers in McLean County headed out on Constitution Trail in Bloomington to spread the awareness of heart disease.
Survivors and walkers released red balloons in honor of those lost to the disease.
The event is expected to raise over $100,000 for the American Heart Association.
Heart disease is the number one killer of woman killing nearly one woman every minute.
"This is our opportunity to be able to give back and contribute as a community," said Heart Walk Chair, Colleen Kannaday. "Because the advances taking place today are not only helping our children but our grandchildren. And really I think is our obligation and privilege to be able to do that."
"People tell me who and why they are pledging and it just tears me up there is so many," said Mike Imbrogno.
The event was sponsored by Advocate Bromenn Medical Center whose goal is to raise $20,000.