Jeff Zemito walks and talks healthy hearts

Jeff Zemito, Financial Planner at Skylight’s Cleveland office, shares his story about why he’s involved in this year’s Cleveland Heart Walk 2015 to benefit the American Heart Association (AHA).

September 26 can’t come fast enough for me!  This is the day when I get to join a wonderful community walking event that brings everyone together, full of energy and hope, to help combat our country’s no.1 and no. 5 killers-heart disease and stroke.

I’m a survivor of heart disease.  And even as I write this I still struggle with the word “survivor”.  It evokes feelings of gratitude that I was fortunate enough to survive and yet I can’t help but think about those that weren’t so fortunate and if more could have been done.  I was only 31 when I experienced a virus that attacked my heart and I understand how scary it can be and just how long the road to recovery can be.

The AHA and its Cleveland Heart Walk are causes I hold near and dear.  I’ve been involved in the Walk and the AHA for over 3 years.  I want to do what I can so that awareness of heart conditions are raised and more money is channeled into research to find cures and treatments that will ultimately save lives.  And while raising funds is vital, the walk is much more than this. It’s also about promoting physical activity and healthy lifestyles so that death rates associated with these diseases are reduced.  And it’s about celebrating life, meeting wonderful people, having fun and feeling united with the 7 million walkers nationwide who all have their own important and interesting stories to tell and reasons for taking part.

This year for the second time, I’m chairing the Executive Challenge which is a fundraising competition among executive leaders in Cleveland.  We recently had a kick-off meeting, presented by Skylight, in our penthouse so fundraising initiatives are really started to crank up and I’m assisting where I can in the heart walk efforts.  Skylight has also entered a team on the walk.  So far I’ve been joined by two of my colleagues, Mac Anderson and Morgan Shepard and our goal is to raise $10,000.  We are optimistic that we can do it and with just over one month to go we are nearly halfway there!

If you are interested in visiting my Heart Walk page or making a donation, please visit  Donations, both great and small, would be most appreciated. The good news is that for every $1 we raise, the AHA matches $3 so $4 will ultimately be invested in education, research, and advocacy.  Also, all the funds raised will stay right here in Cleveland to support the health of our community!

The Cleveland Heart Walk is taking place on Saturday, September 26, starting at the Port of Cleveland Dock 32.  For further information please visit

Jeff Zemito is a registered representative of and offers securities, investment advisory and financial planning services through MML Investors Services, LLC Member SIPC. 2012 W. 25th Street, Suite 900, Cleveland OH 44113. 216-621-5680.