By Adam Hornbuckle
Almost 100 students and administrators participated in the 2017 Long Island Heart Walk at Jones Beach on Sept. 17. The fundraising event, sponsored by the American Heart Association, consisted of fundraising efforts leading up to the walk as well as a walk along the Jones Beach boardwalk.
The students joined over 4,000 participants this year, raising a total of $338,846, according to the AHA. LIU Post raised $6,383.
“It was a great experience because there were so many people of all ages who were coming together for this important cause,” Adam Silverstein, a sophomore social work major, said. “Everyone there was clearly very compassionate towards people with heart conditions and wanted to show their support for them. It was very inspiring and uplifting to see.”
Silverstein was happy that LIU participated in the heart walk. “I think it is very important for our university to show our support for causes like these,” Silverstein said. “It was especially important for us because it was an opportunity to show our support for John Cammarata, the father of a current LIU Post student who recently passed away due to a heart condition.”
Many athletic teams attended the event to show their support. Sophomore marketing major Frank Catania, who plays lacrosse, relished the experience. “The heart walk was a great experience and I’m glad we were able to take part in it, considering one of our teammates who was poised for a productive season was out the entire season with myocarditis,” Catania said. “This was something that hit home for us. As a team we raised money for a great cause that will be used to save many lives. Overall it was a great experience for all of us.”
In addition to the men’s lacrosse team the men’s wrestling team, the women’s softball team, cheerleading squad, Alpha Xi Delta sorority, Delta Zeta sorority, Sigma Delta Tau sorority, Theta Chi fraternity, Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and campus RA’s also attended.