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Charlottesville Heart Ball Raising Money for Good Cause

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People in Charlottesville are hoping to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight Virginia's number one killer - cardiovascular disease.

The 15th annual Charlottesville Heart Ball was held Saturday night at the Boars Head Inn. Hundreds of people came out to support American Heart Association, with a goal of raising $200,000.

Many of them have been directly impacted by heart disease.

"My father on the other hand did not have a full life and lived a very different life than I did," Jo Viglione, of the Heart Ball Leadership Team said.

Jo Viglione survived a major heart event.

Ten years ago doctors told her 80 percent of her heart's main artery was blocked. Cardiovascular disease killed her father. But thanks to advancements in heart care, Viglione is alive and ticking.

"It's just so amazing that the community comes together to raise money to make a difference, to make a contribution to go on and continue to research that can everyday changes people's lives," she said.

Saturday night's Heart Ball gave Viglione and many others impacted by cardiovascular disease a chance to make a difference. Funds from a silent and live auction support the American Heart Association's lifesaving research.

"There's been an amazing improvement in the, in living from heart disease and from surviving heart disease and there's been a reduction in mortality from heart disease," said Christopher Kramer of the University of Virginia Health System.

Kramer says the Heart Ball is all about celebrating and supporting the research that's been done and looking forward to future advances in cardiovascular care.

"Improvements such as taking care of patients with heart attacks, now patients with heart attacks have the blood flood restored to their heart muscle so quickly that the a lot of the heart muscle survives," he said.

The American Heart Association hopes to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent by the year 2020. They also hope to reduce deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20 percent.

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