Tri-County Heart Ball Raises More Than $196K

NILES, Ohio – The American Heart Association’s Heart of the Tri-County Heart Ball raised more than $196,000 for the fight against cardiovascular disease.

The event, which took place Nov. 2 at the Eastwood Event Centre, is the culmination of the AHA’s yearlong work through the Heart of Tri-County campaign that focuses on funding research, education and raising funds to support the organization’s work.

A portion of the funds raised will allow the AHA to create blood pressure hubs in Mahoning County library buildings to help residents recognize and address hypertension, the organization said in a news release.

During the event, the AHA, alongside Premier Bank, this year’s Live Fierce sponsor, also recognized Amanda Parker, an individual who has made a significant impact on the community.

Parker, a stroke survivor, was awarded the Live Fierce Award for living a life of purpose in the face of adversity. She suffered a stroke at age 28 that resulted in physical disabilities, but that didn’t slow her down. She gave birth to two healthy children and realized she could help others who are battling the challenges of post-stroke disabilities. 

Parker began creating YouTube videos to teach other mothers how to change or feed their children while dealing with physical limitations. Recently, she created a support group for other stroke survivors. Her hope is that the group can share experiences, exchange coping strategies and find solace in each other’s triumphs. 

“I am honored to receive the American Heart Association Live Fierce Award, Parker said. “I hope I can inspire others to overcome obstacles and live life to the fullest, even with physical limitations.”

Pictured at top: Amanda Parker, right, who was awarded the Live Fierce Award, and Derek Steyer of WFMJ, who was the emcee for the event.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.