Christiana Care Health System friends and families turned out in numbers to support the American Heart Association’s Annual Heart Walk. This year, 62 Christiana Care teams with more than 700 employees, family members and friends took part in the 5K on Saturday, September 12, at Bellevue State Park. Christiana Care teams raised $41,000 to promote heart health and fund the fight against heart disease and stroke.

“We are proud to team with organizations like the American Heart Association to improve the health of our community and to help raise funds for lifesaving research,” said Christiana Care cardiac surgeon Ray Blackwell, M.D., leadership chair of the New Castle County chapter of the American Heart Association.

Overall, more than 1,800 people participated in this year’s walk. helping to raise $235,000 for the cause.

Photo gallery: 2015 American Heart Association Heart Walk