The virtual walk has raised $99,600 so far
| The Daily Record
ORRVILLE — Wayne and Phyllis Kornhaus donned bright red T-shirts as they walked four miles during the Wayne Heart Walk last month.
The 84-year-olds said they don’t usually walk that far but were willing to put forth the effort as part of the American Heart Association’s fundraiser, which will benefit heart disease research and educational outreach efforts.
The walk, which took place virtually Sept. 24, has raised $99,600 so far with a goal of reaching $150,000. Community members can continue to donate to the cause until Oct. 23.
Jessica Doudrick, communications and marketing director at American Heart Association, said the first virtual heart walk was a success.
“There was a lot of engagement within the Wayne County community, as companies such as Wooster Community Hospital, Aultman Orrville Hospital, Wooster City Schools and Seaman Corporation gathered employees to host safe, socially distanced walks together,” Doudrick said. “We had a lot of walkers post their pictures on social media, which gave a feeling of togetherness while we are all apart.”
The Kornhauses were a part of the Autlman Orrville Hospital team.
Phyllis Kornhaus has been a volunteer on the hospital’s Auxiliary team since its inception in 1985. The couple has carried the hospital’s sign in the Orrville Fourth of July parade for 20 years, she said.
Wayne Kornhaus is a heart disease survivor after he suffered a heart attack a few years ago and had a stent put in him.
The Green Township resident said he and his wife walked farther than some of the younger participants. He credited their good health to eating healthy foods and remaining active on their farm, which is located just outside of Wooster.
The couple occasionally gets out on walks on the weekend on the back country roads, Wayne Kornhaus said.
They own an acre of farm where they garden berries and vegetables and additional acres of wooded property. Phyllis Kornhaus also tends flowerbeds while her husband cuts wood for the winter and mows the property. Though it sounds like everyday chores, Wayne Kornhaus said, it keeps them moving and busy.
“We’re country folks, and we have a small farm that we can keep busy at,” he said. “We try to keep active. Owning a farm we find plenty of things to do on the farm in our garden and lawn.”