Teen chosen as spokesperson for Cranberry Township walk

September 5, 2013 by  

The American Heart Association has chosen 13-year-old Elexa White as the spokesperson for this year’s Heart Walk in Cranberry Township, which will take place at the end of September.

White is no stranger to the American Heart Association. She was born with a congenital heart defect and had to undergo surgery at the age of just two months. She credits the work of the Heart Association with allowing her to live an active, normal life.

The purpose of annual walk is to raise money for the organization. This year, the fundraising goal is $135,000 for Cranberry Township. White could raise awareness for the event and the organization by partnering with a local printing company, which could produce brochures telling her story and that encouraging people to register for the event.

Part of White’s role as the spokesperson is to get people to see that heart disease is not something only affecting older people. According to the division director for the American Heart Association for Beaver and Butler counties, heart disease is the leading birth defect among infants, and the leading cause of death among people of all ages.

The Cranberry Township walk is scheduled for September 28 at 10:20 am. The opening ceremony will kick off at 10:00 am, and onsite registration begins an hour beforehand.

People can also register online in teams or as individuals. There is no fee for registration. People who raise more than $100 will be given a free T-shirt. The walk will take place at the Westinghouse Electric Company headquarters, 1000 Westinghouse Drive.