Southern Coast Heart Ball Reaches New Heights

Southern Coast Heart Ball Reaches New Heights

Kayla, Lilly and Cat

The 22nd annual Southern Coast Heart Ball raised a record-breaking $290,000 at the Westin Resort in Hilton Head, making the community one step closer to fighting heart disease and stroke.

This year’s theme was “The heart of it all,” which honored our local heroes from our first responders and survivors to caretakers and volunteers.

Our Southern Coast Heart Ball Chair Catherine Donaldson is also familiar with losing a loved one to heart disease. Her husband was in the Marine Corps and also lost his battle with heart disease two years ago. Catherine is dedicated to sharing his story so she can save more lives in the community.

Southern Coast Heart Ball Reaches New Heights

The AHA’s Open Your Heart Honoree Lillyana Cochran, who was born with several congenital heart defects, inspired the room with her heroic story.  Her father Chuck Cochran Jr., who served our country, passed away suddenly from congestive heart failure. Lillyana and her family are sharing their story to honor his legacy. The AHA’s incredible Open Your Heart Chairs Jeff and Renae Maine also talked about their connection to the AHA as their daughter Maggie was last year’s honoree. Both Maggie and Lillyana show that sometimes real superheroes live in the hearts of small children fighting big battles.

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