‘Heart survivors’ to be featured at Cape Fear Heart Ball

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Two heart disease survivors, including a 2-year-old Wilmington girl, will be featured in the “open heart moment” of this weekend’s 19th annual American Heart Association Cape Fear Heart Ball, starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Wilmington Convention Center.

During the program, Ande Trawick, a 2-year-old born with a congenital heart defect, and Kevin Helton, a Wilmington man who survived a heart attack, will be featured in a video that Cape Fear Heart Association director Ashley Miller said would inspire people to think more about their health.

“The most important thing we do is raise awareness because 80 percent of heart disease is preventable if you just take care of yourself, know your numbers, eat right and do not smoke,” Miller said.

More than 430 people are expected to attend the ball, which will also feature a silent auction where items include an African safari, restaurant gift certificates, gift baskets, furniture, beach house stays, art, a boat cruise and catered dinners.

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