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Annual Heart Ball raises funds for research

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Hundreds showed up to the 19th Annual Heart Ball at the Embassy Suites Friday night.

The cause: to fight a devastating disease.

"One out of three people are affected by heart disease and strokes," said AHA  Communications Director Shannon Hilaire.  "If you look around the room—one out of three people—that's crazy."

Proceeds go to the AHA and their mission to build lives free of cardiovascular disease.

The AHA's activities include research, encouraging kids to get physically active and working with legislators to pass laws relating to heart disease.

"We fought really hard to get pulse oximetry testing mandatory for all babies when they were born," Hilaire said.  "Both of our survivors tonight were born with congenital heart defects."

One of those survivors is 6–year–old Holden Pavlish.  Holden was rushed to the emergency room only hours after he was born.

"We were there for only a couple of minutes and his heart did stop," said Holden's mother, Ashley.  "About 30 seconds they had to do chest compressions on him.  They were able to revive him."

Surgery successfully corrected Holden's heart.  But his mother said the AHA funds research that prevents others from having such scary experiences.

"There is the testing that's done now that wasn't available back just six years ago.  And that's...the things that the American Heart Association brings.  Those funds are what are going to bring that testing."

As of 9:45 Friday night, the event had raised around $100,000.

Anyone who couldn't make it out can still donate to the AHA's causes by visiting:

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