Heart & Stroke Ball returns to inspire support in the fight against heart disease

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) A special event Thursday night at the Union Events Center to raise money to fight heart disease.

Nearly 2,200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day. That’s one person every 40 seconds.

That’s why folks are gathered at the annual Heart & Stroke Ball locations across the country Thursday night.

2017’s events raised a combined $70 million dollars to help improve cardiovascular health.

“This is really about how we can raise money for research. It’s amazing that this is the number one killer, heart and stroke disease across the U.S.” said Marc Briggs with the Heart & Stroke Ball.

News4Utah’s Kim Fischer emceed the event.

Event honorees:

  • Frank Yanowitz, M.D., FACC, FAHA, Medical Director of ECG Based Services & Cardiac Rehabilitation at Intermountain Healthcare and Cardiologist at the Intermountain Live Well Center, was honored with the Heart of Gold award for his tireless efforts in saving the lives of hundreds of Utahns from the devastating effects of heart disease.
  • Leeanne Linderman, Executive Vice President, Zions Bancorporation with the Heart of Utah award for her continued dedication to and support of the American Heart Association’s mission of building healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
  • Robert Jex, R.N., MHA, FACHE, recently retired from the Utah Department of Health Bureau of EMS and Preparedness. Jex will be given the Heart of the Community award for his incredible leadership in the fight against stroke as a member of the Utah Stroke Task Force.

If you would like to help out by making a donation, visit www.heart.org.

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