April 11 marked the 20 year anniversary of the annual Heart to Heart Society Walkathon in Drumheller.

Every year, the walk is aimed to raise money for new equipment at the Drumheller Regional Hospital, also known as the Drumheller Health Center.walkmembersWalkers for the Heart to Heart Society Walkathon

This year, the organizers of the walk set a goal to reach $3000 to raise money for a 24-hour blood pressure monitor.

"We had a real good turn out today. Probably the most people ever," said John Lilly with the Heart to Heart Society. "This is our 20th year, it's going very well so far."

Lilly has been with the Heart to Heart Society for roughly eight years and considers this years' walkathon, the best one so far.

"We've raised approximately $4500," Lilly explained. "We're very happy."

The 24-hour heart monitoring machine will be paid for with the money raised, but what about the excess in funds raised?

"Any monies that are left over stay in Drumheller," reassured Lilly. "So far (since the Heart to Heart Society began in Drumheller in 1999) Heat to Heart has raised close to $360,000 for equipment for the hospital."

The walk took place at the Badlands Community Facility's oval track and drew over 30 people to walk for Heart to Heart.

The final amount raised this year was $5882.

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