Honoring heroes of heart

By Michelle Costanza

June 3, 2013 Updated Jun 3, 2013 at 11:48 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Volunteers were recognized Monday evening for giving their time to the community and promoting the health and well-being of others.

With 1,500 walkers at the annual key event of the American Heart Association, the local chapter showed it's gratitude through a ceremony that honored those who planned, walked and educated in their spare time.

The annual Heart Walk took longer than seven months to plan and more than 100 volunteers to run.

"I'm a heart survivor myself, so it wasn't difficult to get me motivated. The money is raised for developing new techniques, it's so important," said Jeffery Greenblott, Volunteer of the Year recipient.

The more than 90 people recognized included corporate sponsors, walking teams, fundraising teams and survivors.

"Without the core of this community we wouldn't be able to do the things that we can do as far as education and advocacy, to really make a difference in the heart health of our community," said Southern Tier American Heart Association Director Gina Chapman.

Heart disease is the No.1 killer of Americans, and with obesity on the rise, Chapman said the education aspect is one of the most important services their volunteers provide.