Hundreds of survivors and supporters are expected to step out against heart disease and stroke on Saturday, April 27, at the Palmetto Heart Walk.
The goal of the walk is to raise funds to support cardiovascular research and education as well as encourage people to eat well and exercise. One participant, Louanne LaRoche, told News 3 that it’s a cause she holds near to her heart.
“I’ve always had weight issues, since I was two and a half, and we tried various different weight loss methods, some more successful than others,” she said.
LaRoche said she tried multiple methods growing up to keep her weight below 350 lbs. The artist admitted she was wrestling with morbid obesity, which later developed into several health problems including Type 2 Diabetes and Thyroid Cancer.
However, at the age of 60, LaRoche said she gave up snacking and began measuring her food. After two years without flour and sugar, she told News 3 she had lost more than one hundred and sixty pounds.
LaRoche said, “it’s like I have this riverbed and it’s overflowing, and now it’s dried up. The bed is still there, and I have habits and tools I use on a daily basis to keep me focused, and a lot of that is staying connected.”
LaRoche hopes by connecting with her community, and taking part in the Palmetto Heart Walk, she will inspire others to kick start their own journey.
“I could say, ‘oh, it’s one day at a time,’ but I really, the past two years, realized it’s a journey. Our journey never ends, so we just have today,” she said.
Organizers will recognize LaRoche as the “2018 LiveWise Lifestyle Change Award” at the Palmetto Heart Walk. For more information on how to register for the walk, click here.