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American Heart Association turns annual luncheon into ‘Day of Giving’

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Since 2004, the American Heart Association's "Go Red for Women" campaign has raised more than $540 million.

The goal is to end heart disease and stroke in women.

5-year-old Stella Petri was in a pool on June 30th, 2017.

Her mom Stephanie said she saw Stella's eyes roll back and she started to sink.

Stella was diagnosed with a genetic condition, Long QT syndrome, a heart rhythm disorder that can't be cured.

"Since then I've gotten so comfortable with the concept of her having this that it's just normal, but there for awhile it was like I couldn't let her out of my sight. It was very scary," said Stephanie Petri.

Stella is 8-years-old now and a cheerleader, but she may not be able to cheer when she gets older because of Long QT.

She takes medicine twice a day, gets an EKG every 6 months, and has an exam once a year.

The American Heart Association has helped Stella and her family through this tough time.

Thursday was suppose to be the American Heart Association's annual luncheon, which has been cancelled because of COVID-19.

Instead the American Heart Association is hosting a Day of Giving.

You can donate by clicking here or text CIGOESRED to 71777.

Jessica Cook

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