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September 16, 2013

Foundation using hearts to raise funds

ELKHART — Twenty-one hearts, painted by regional artists, will be displayed throughout Elkhart, the City with a Heart, beginning mid- to late September and then auctioned at a gala at the Lerner Theatre on Valentine’s Day 2014.

A group of the hearts were unveiled Tuesday at Elkhart General Hospital.

All proceeds will benefit the Elkhart General Center for Cardiac Care. According to the foundation, funds raised will be used to purchase high tech equipment that will allow for implantation of ventricular assisted devises (VAD). Currently, implantation is done in Indianapolis and the follow-up treatment is done at Elkhart General. Expanding the Elkhart General Center for Cardiac Care will allow patients in need of a VAD to stay close to home for both implantation and follow-up care, according to the foundation. Additional funding will be provided to expand the Hospital’s heart failure initiatives and benefit HeartReach Michiana, a not-for-profit entity that supplies Automated External Defibrillators (AED) to area businesses and other local not-for-profits.

Nine of the 21, five-foot hearts will be on display in the Elkhart General Hospital West Wing Lobby until late September. In addition to the large hearts, 25 smaller table top hearts will be decorated and auctioned. Artists are still needed to decorate the smaller table top hearts. Interested artists should contact Nancy Wirt at nanci@nwirtdesign.

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