Haywood Heart to Heart 5K - Sat September 17 - Lake Junaluska

September 12, 2016

Join us for Haywood Heart to Heart 5K (self-timed event) on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Lake Junaluska to help support a local family. Jacob is a nurse on the cardiac floor at Haywood Regional Medical Center who underwent a life-threatening illness and open heart surgery in July. He and his wife, Kalane have a one year old little girl, and another baby on the way.  The walk/run begins at 9am – you may pre-register via links below or sign up the day of the event.

Sprint, jog, walk, or mosey along this easy rolling course following the beautiful Lake Junalaska trail. Beverages and snacks will be available for sale before and after the run, and we will also have a DJ for entertainment. All proceeds go directly to Jacob and his family to assist them as he recovers. Let's jog for Jacob, and put our cardio to use!

 On Thursday, June 16th Jake experienced flu symptoms and received treatment for the “flu”.  The next day Jake became more ill and went to the ER. He has a history of heart complications having had open heart surgery when he was 16 to replace heart valves. While at the hospital they discovered from blood tests that Jake had become septic and that the infection had spread to his heart and the cadaver valve had become compromised. Jake was taken to Duke for open heart surgery. He is the only provider for his family as his wife is unable to work due to complications of her current pregnancy. The two also just financed a new home that they fear they won't be able to make their payments. A fund has been established to accept donations for the family.  You can also come out for the 5K and show your support.  For more information, visit the Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/haywoodheart2heart/?fref=ts 

You may pre-register for the 5K here: https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/LakeJunaluska/HaywoodHearttoHeart.  Same day registrations also welcome!  The event begins at the Open Air Gym at Lake Junaluska at 91 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Junaluska, NC.