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BATON ROUGE - This weekend thousands of people will flock to Baton Rouge for the Capital Area Heart Walk.

Every face, t-shirt, and pair of sneakers has a different story to tell about the heart disease, the number one killer in America.

Take 37-year-old Trey Truitt for example. He began his heart-health journey in 2005 after suffering a massive heart attack.

"I'll never forget the guy in the ER saying 'Mr. Truitt, you're having a heart attack,'" Truitt told 2une In. "I was thinking, Mr. Truitt...that's my dad. I'm too young for this to be happening."

Truitt underwent surgery and therapy. Now he's celebrating 10 years as a heart attack survivor, by walking in the Heart Walk.

Blue Cross has a team of more than 400 walkers. The company has a track in their wellness program that encourages employees to exercise.

"Everyone has a wellness journey," said Blue Cross member, Ben Mahoney. "The place to start is just to walk."

Tremesia Abbott suffered two strokes when she was only 34-years-old. The strokes served as a dramatic wake-up call. She's walking in the hopes that it might change the lives of her family, friends, and co-workers.

"Make a change, not just a basic change, but a lifestyle change," said Abbott.

Last year more than 22,000 people participated in the walk, making it the largest heart walk in the southern region.

Doctors hope that Saturday's walk helps raise awareness about heart disease, and inspires people to start living healthier.

Friday on 2une In, News 2's John Pastorek visited Our Lady of the Lake in Baton Rouge for a preview of the walk. Watch the video for more information and survivor stories.

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