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‘Red Cap’ Ambassador Prepares for Long Island Heart Walk & 5K Run

Run Being Held September 25 At Jones Beach

The American Heart Association is proud to have Kaylee Rose Paperin serving as the 2011 Long Island Heart Walk & 5K Run “Red Cap” Ambassador. This year’s Long Island Heart Walk & 5K Run will be taking place on Sunday, Sept. 25 at Jones Beach.

At six weeks old, it was discovered that Kaylee had an enlarged heart and just a few days after her diagnosis she underwent open heart surgery. After another open heart surgery at the age of 3, Kaylee is now off all of her heart medications with no active restrictions.

A “Red Cap” is a red baseball cap featuring the American Heart Association logo. “Red Caps” refers to survivors of heart attack, cardiac arrest or heart surgery who wear the red caps as a symbol of their survival while walking in the Heart Walk. “White Caps” will be distributed to stroke survivors the day of the walk. Pediatric cardiovascular disease survivors will receive red super hero capes to acknowledge their courage. Hundreds of survivors from across Long Island participate to show that heart disease and stroke can be beaten. The American Heart Association estimates there are more than 71 million Americans alive with one or more types of cardiovascular disease.

As Red Cap Ambassador for the Long Island Heart Walk & 5K Run, Kaylee will help create awareness about the importance of survivors participating in the event and to create awareness that heart disease and stroke aren’t “just an older man’s diseases.”

On Sunday, Sept. 25, join the “Red Cap” Ambassador and hundreds of other survivors, families and friends from all over Long Island at the Long Island Heart Walk & 5K Run at Jones Beach, Field 5.

This year’s Long Island Heart Walk is presented nationally by Subway. The top local sponsors are Brookhaven Memorial Hospital, Winthrop University Hospital, Astoria Federal Savings, Allstate, J. H. Cohn, Leviton Manufacturing, Pall Corporation, St. Francis Hospital; St. Joseph’s College, Stony Brook University Medical Center, Whole Foods and Geico, Answer Vending, BWD Group, LLC, EVO Merchant Services, Garfunkel & Wild, P.C., KPMG, LLP & Quality Fragrance Group. Media Sponsors are WBAB-FM 102.3, WBLI-FM 106.1, and Live It Up!

To learn more or register today for the Long Island Heart Walk & 5K Run on September 25 visit