CHARLOTTE, N.C. - When the Cupid's Cup 5K and Fitness Walk kick off Saturday morning, Ray Baca will be in the crowd. Baca has benefited from the Carolinas HealthCare System's Cardiac Rehabilitation program.

The father of grown children, Baca had a heart emergency while mowing the lawn. Doctors discovered his main artery was 100 percent blocked. After surgery, Baca said he was worried about how much he could do. He didn't want to risk another life-threatening emergency.

Baca found the help he needed at Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute's Cardiac rehabilitation program. Through the program, nurses monitored his exercise, watched his heart rate, and offered advice on how to live a healthy lifestyle. Baca has lost more than 30 pounds and says he feels great. He credits the program for changing his life.

Cupid's Cup raises money to support Cardiac Rehabilitation. Since its inception, the runners have raised more than $450,000 in ten years. Hundreds are expected to run Saturday in support of people like Baca.

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