Heart walk event 2014.More than 7,000 people walked for the cause of heart health Saturday morning in Portland, with the purpose of the walk underscored as one of the participants suffered an apparent heart attack during the event.

With hundreds of medical professionals taking part in the walk, the man received immediate CPR and was taken to a nearby hospital, according to American Heart Association officials who organized the annual fundraising event. The man had a heart beat when he was transported by ambulance, but his condition wasn't immediately known, the organizers said.Over 7,000 people participated in this year's event

The thousands of other walkers continued the three-mile stroll on the way toward raising at least $575,000 for local heart health research and support. The goal is to raise $660,000 and organizers said they still expect to hit that mark by the time all contributions are counted.

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