RUMFORD — Having lost a grandmother and an uncle to heart disease, Rose Marie Woods has had plenty of motivation to captain Community Energy’s Heart Walk team in the past and to help organize the Rumford part of the Central and Western Maine Heart Walk.

But for the Sunday, Sept. 27, walk she has even more incentive. Since last year’s walk, her father has been added to the list of family members touched by heart disease. George Viger, Woods’ dad, had a heart attack and bypass surgery. 

Woods isn’t the only family member who invests her time and energy in the walk. Brother Greg Viger of Heart and Soul Photography not only photographed but also put together a slide show on CD of the 2008 Rumford satellite walk. He has volunteered to do the same this year.

Teams representing Bangor Savings Bank, Becky White’s family, Dead River Co., Franklin Savings Bank, Hannaford, Marden’s, Med-Care Ambulance, Mountain View Eyecare, Oxford Federal Credit Union, River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition, Rumford Hospital and Victorian Villa are also signed up to raise funds for the American Heart Association by participating in the walk. 

To learn more about the Heart Walk, to register a team or sign up as an individual, call community relations at Rumford Hospital, 369-1143, or go to 

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