13-year-old brings awareness to congenital heart defects


Every 40 seconds someone in America dies of cardiovascular disease.

That adds up to nearly 2,200 Americans killed by the disease each day.

That is why the American Heart Association is committed to improving the heart health of everyone.

The Heart & Stroke Ball is an event that helps the American Heart Association closer to their goal of improving the cardiovascular health and reducing the deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20 percent by the year 2020.

This year the theme is  “A Night in Havana”. The evening celebrates volunteers and donors at the American Heart Association as well as the lives saved and improved because of their efforts.

“Last year, our Heart Ball campaign raised just over $71 million nation-wide allowing us to fund life-saving research and prevention programs in your community and across the country,”  AHA officials said.

Cardiovascular disease affects people of all ages. This year’s 2018 “Open Your Heart” speaker is 13-year-old Landon Liston.

Landon was born with a congenital heart defect. He joined us in studio Tuesday. He hopes to inspire the community to spread awareness of congenital heart defects. 

The 33rd Annual Heart & Stroke Ball is at the Union Event Center at 235 North 500 West on Thursday, June 7th.

Things kick-off at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception and silent auction. The evening will be filled with Havana inspired dancing and food.

You are invited to join in the fight to cure heart disease and stroke at this amazing event. For tickets, email kim.gourley@heart.org or call 801-702-4436.

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