You can help the American Heart Association fight heart disease and stroke – two of the four leading killers in the U.S. – by taking part in the 2014 Triangle Heart Walk in Raleigh on September 28.

More than 20,000 walkers are expected to participate, each raising money to donate to the AHA. (The walk itself is one or three miles long, pet-friendly and stroller-friendly.)

Libbie Hough of Comma Marketing in Orange County will be among them; she’s organized a team of walkers called Orange Opens Its Heart. “I’m a heart mom,” she says: she got involved with the AHA in 2009, when her daughter Natalie – then a student at Cedar Ridge High School – went into cardiac arrest at school. Fortunately Natalie survived – another student alerted teachers, who performed CPR and used the school’s automatic external defibrillator (AED) to restart her heart – but Hough says the incident demonstrates how important it is for everyone to be trained and ready for emergency situations, as well as the importance of having AEDs on hand everywhere.

Hough set a goal of raising $1000 for the Triangle Heart Walk – and she’s already doubled that goal, with nearly two months still to go.

Libbie Hough joined WCHL’s Aaron Keck on the air this week to discuss the Heart Walk and the fight against heart disease.

For more information on the Triangle Heart Walk, visit To donate to Orange Opens Its Heart, click here.