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Jun 25, 2015 11:21 PM

The Heart Ball: Raising awareness, money for heart disease


WINDHAM - Heart disease? It’s the number one killer.

Tonight, hundreds gathered for the annual Heart Ball to raise both money and awareness.

“My mom had heart disease and had a heart attack and that's when I said how can I help?” said Janice Halle.

And that's when Halle began asking questions finding out that millions of Americans live with heart disease, stroke or a cardiovascular condition.

“And I said, look it,” Halle remembers when she called the American Heart Association. “I want to volunteer. I want to make a difference. My family was affected with heart disease. How can I help?”

And that's what led her to become a volunteer for the American Heart Association here in New Hampshire.

Tonight, Halle served as co-chair of the event at the Castleton in Windham.

As community and philanthropic leaders alike came together, Halle remembers how this cause is so near and dear to her very own heart.

“From what happened with my mom, I, myself, have been educated so I've made it my passion and my own mission to educate other people,” said Halle.

And to help with that education?

NH1 News was the official media sponsor while NH1 News Anchor Shari Small served as Emcee.

Also, Autofair auctioned off a brand new shiny red car.

It was just one more way to raise money to find a cure.

“80% of heart disease is preventable,” she said. “People need to learn that. We can save lives by getting that word out there.”

If you'd like to help out, visit the American Heart Association’s webpage.


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