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June 25, 2013

Local models band together for American Heart Association


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“The whole thing is to raise funds for the American Heart Association,” said Vaught. “We’ll be doing other fund raising (at Saturday’s event). It’s important to me personally and my children.”
Vaught herself has been deeply touched by heart disease. Three years ago, her husband Paul Davis passed away from the condition at age 47 — just as his own father had done at a relatively young age.
“I lost my husband to (heart disease); my children lost their father,” said Vaught. “Some day, my children could be affected by it. It’s affected our lives in a huge, huge way.
“We couldn’t save my husband,” she added, “but maybe by helping the American Heart Association, we can help save somebody else’s family member.”
As such, Saturday’s event will also feature hands-only CPR demonstrations, teaching people how to help save someone’s life in a cardiac event scenario, and free blood pressure checks. Additionally, a donation of $2 will allow you to release a very special balloon in memory of someone you may have lost to heart-related causes.
The cause means a lot to many of the models as well. 
"I am doing it because I found out not so long ago that I have heart disease,” said Watsekah Huff, one of the participating models. “The symptoms I was having would have in no way led me to think there was something wrong with my heart.
“I am the ultimate single momma,” she added. “My baby’s daddy died so they totally depend on me. If I don't take care of myself, no one will. If I go down.. what happens to them?? Everyone can recognize when they are getting sick, cause they know what to look for. Nobody really knows what to look for when their heart is getting sick. Awareness and knowledge is key.”

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