Home Runs for Heart

May 5, 2009 2:31:34 PM PDT
How would you like to step up to the plate at Citizens Bank Park and see what you've got? You may have a chance and it's for a good cause. On May 20th and 21st, Philadelphians will can participate in the 12th Annual Richie Ashburn Home Runs for Heart.

It's an event sponsored by the American Heart Association. All money raised goes towards raising awareness about heart disease and stroke and helps to fund research.

Emily Hyland's mother, of New Hope, Pennsylvania said research and advances in medicine helped Emily recovery from a stroke. She was just ten years old when it happened.

"It was hard, looking back it's hard to believe two years have gone by already," Emily's mother M.J. Bailey said, adding Emily's progress has been amazing and it's thanks to research.

The AHA event is held in honor of Richie Ashburn, a former Phillies outfielder and broadcaster, who died suddenly of a heart attack in 1997. Ashburn's son said this year's event has special meaning in light of Harry Kalas' passing a few weeks ago, also from heart disease.

"I think everyone should hit a homerun for Harry," Richard Ashburn, Jr. said.

For information on the 12th Annual Home Runs for Heart event, visit: www.americanheart.org

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