Bay County Heart Walk brings together people from near and far

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Dozens of people walked, jogged, and ran for a good cause Saturday morning.

The Bay County Heart Walk brought people from around the country to St. Andrews State Park on Saturday morning. (WJHG/WECP)

The Bay County Heart Walk at St. Andrews state park brought people from near and far to Panama City.

Tim Anderson came to Panama City all the way from Dayton, Ohio just to be here for the bay county heart walk.

In June 2018, Anderson was on vacation in Cape San Blas when he had a heart attack.

"Obviously a very successful treatment, and [we] wanted to come back and thank a lot of the people at Bay Medical and Dr. Haghighat and his staff for the excellent work they did," said Anderson.

First responders spent 23 minutes performing CPR on Anderson while he was lying unconscious on the beach.

"Encourage everybody to get CPR trained, and listen to your body and the symptoms, learn them in case somebody close to you has those symptoms, you can get them treatment as quickly as possible," Anderson said.

Haghighat performed life-saving surgery on Anderson. He says the American Heart Association is important because they help provide the tools they need to save lives.

"When they work together with the American Heart Association it helps develop research where we get new medicines, new devices, and new tools to help fight heart disease," said Haghighat.

The American Heart Association also promotes awareness for heart disease and strokes, as well as community involvement.

"I think that we need to have more community events like this, especially in a time of rebuilding, I think you will see as people come through the finish line that there's a lot of energy when the community unites together,” Haghighat said.

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