WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Ignite. That was the theme at this year's Lafayette Heart Ball to help raise money for heart disease research.
People showed up in their red for the silent auction and opportunity to donate.
The annual American Heart Association event helps raise awareness for heart disease, cardiovascular disease and childhood obesity. Event Chair David Bathe said it makes sense because childhood obesity is the major cause of heart disease for young people.
"In this generation of young people, they are far less likely to live as long as their parents. That's the first time in American history. And that is directly related to heart disease," Bathe explained.
Event-goers also got to hear the story of Jacob Flinn. When Jacob was 10, he was diagnosed with Wolf-Parkinson-White Syndrome. He had surgery for his condition in October and said he's back on the football field, doing what he loves.
News 18's Gina Quattrochi was the emcee for Friday night's event.
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