Hitting home runs to fight heart disease
SOUTH PHILADELPHIA - April 27, 2012 (WPVI) -- The 15th annual Richie Ashburn Home Runs for Heart gets underway next week at Citizens Bank Park.
The event is organized each year by the American Heart Association, the Phillies and others to raise awareness about heart disease.
Friday was media day, but next week, anyone from the public can sign up to 'step up to the plate.'
Hopefully you'll have more luck than I did.
Richie Ashburn, Jr. started us out, as members of the media were invited to try to hit a home run at Citizens Bank Park.
Sports reporter Jeff Skversky and I were up for the challenge.
Jeff was on a roll, hitting one ball after another into the outfield.
But despite coaching from my nephew, this was not my day. I got a few hits but I appear to be in a slump. I hear it happens to even the best players.
This event is for a great cause, raising awareness and money for research into the number one killer, heart disease, which claimed the lives of Phillies' legends Richie Ashburn and Harry Kalas.
"Just amazement how it could happen out of nowhere," said 17-year-old Brian Atkins, Jr. of New Castle, Delaware.
Heart disease also almost stole Brian's life as well. Two years ago, he had a virus that spread to his heart. He collapsed at a friend's party.
"It was pretty chaotic," Brian's father, Brian Atkins, Sr., told us. "I can't put into words how bad it was."
Thankfully a woman was there who knew CPR. With the help of others, Brian received 93 minutes of CPR. It saved his life. And he has had no lasting effects. The family now urges everyone who can learn CPR, to learn it.
"It's 10-15 minutes and you never know when you can save a life," said Brian.
If you want your chance at the plate, the 15th Annual Richie Ashburn Home Runs for Heart takes to the field at Citizens Bank Park on May 1st and 2nd.
Here's the link for more information: 5th Annual Richie Ashburn Home Runs for Heart
heart health, philadelphia phillies, citizens bank park, south philadelphia, healthcheck, ali gorman, r.n.
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