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Fundraiser held to raise awareness for heart disease

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Participants said they were excited to come out for a good cause despite the morning rainfall.

QUINCY, Ill (WGEM) -- A fundraiser in honor of 26-year-old Tim Haley was held Saturday afternoon at the Knight of Columbus on 36th Street in Quincy.

Haley died in 2017 from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a rare heart disease.

In 2019, his family put together a fundraiser to raise awareness about the heart condition which can even affect seemingly young and healthy athletes.

At the fundraiser, the family teamed up with Quincy Medical Group to provide heart checks to anyone who wanted one, especially high school students. The checks were free of charge.

Haley's cousin Matt Witte said conducting these tests are an important step in making sure no other family goes through what his family went through.

"The reason we set this up for high school students was so that they could get checked early, have it detected early, and then treat it before it gets too serious or progresses on them," he said. "If we can save one life by doing this event it'll all be worth it."

The fundraiser started in 2019 but had to be cancelled last year due to the Pandemic.

Despite the rain Saturday morning, the event went ahead with the heart checks, a wiffle ball tournament, music, food and raffles.

You can read more about the family's story here.

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