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Hundreds of thousands raised for heart disease research

Last Updated Sep 13, 2016 at 10:34 am MDT

(Wikipedia)

Hundreds of thousands of dollars is helping researchers and doctors treat heart disease.

The Libin Institute of the University of Calgary and Alberta Health Services raised $800,000 at The Beat Goes On gala over the weekend.

Dr. Todd Anderson says one of the programs benefiting from the fundraiser is tracking system for patients born with congenital heart disease.

“It used to be that 90 per cent of these kids many decades ago died if they were born with complex heart disease, and now 95 per cent survive. So there’s now thousands of individuals in Calgary born with heart disease who need follow up down the road.”

The gala featured a performance by The Jim Cuddy Trio, who donated some of his earnings from the show back to the fundraiser.