Nearly 7,000 fans came out to Citizens Bank Park to help raise a grand total of $860,731 to help strike out ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). Since the Phillies adopted ALS as their primary charity in 1984, they have raised over $14.3 million for the fight against the disease, an always-fatal, progressive neuromuscular disorder.
PHILADELPHIA - April 15, 2013 - Baseball fans from the Delaware Valley and beyond will have the opportunity to take swings from home plate at the 16th Annual Richie Ashburn Memorial Home Runs for Heart on May 6 and 7 (8:00a-4:30p), making them the first amateur sluggers to take a spot on the soil of since last season. The American Heart Association event was designed to give ordinary citizens the chance to live out their major league dreams. It made its debut in 1997, after the sudden passing of Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn, who succumbed to heart disease. In addition, the event also honors longtime Phillies announcer Harry Kalas, who also died of heart disease in 2009.
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