More than one in three adults have some form of cardiovascular disease.

The good news is 80 percent of heart disease and stroke can be prevented. Both of these facts made my decision to chair the Capital Area Heart Walk an easy one.

Heart disease and stroke strike people of all ages and races. That’s why the American Heart Association spreads lifesaving knowledge and advances groundbreaking medical research — to help Americans lead stronger, healthier lives.

The Heart Walk helps the American Heart Association fund research that has led to discoveries such as CPR, life-extending drugs, pacemakers, bypass surgery, the heart-lung machine and surgical techniques to repair heart defects.

I look forward to joining survivors, company teams, families, my colleagues from Our Lady of the Lake and its family of services, and the local community at this year’s event. I thank my Heart Walk executive leadership team and our sponsors plus the thousands of walkers who have raised funds and will walk for the cause this coming Saturday.

Please join us at 8 a.m. April 26 at LSU’s Old Front Nine and help us to continue this fight. Visit for more information. You can help us fund more discoveries that may save the life of someone you know — or even your own.

Terrie P. Sterling

2014 Heart Walk chairman

Baton Rouge