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Written by Staff Report   
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 6:54 PM

AURORA - South Dearborn High School's boys basketball Knights and South Ripley will battle heart disease and stroke, as well as each other, Thursday, Feb. 7.

SD's home varsity and reserve basketball doubleheader against the Raiders that night has been declared its first annual “Red Out” Night.

By wearing “Rock the Beat” t-shirts, available in the gym lobby for a $10 donation to the American Heart Association, fans of both teams can do their part by turning the stands into a blaze of red. T-shirts also will be available at the high school throughout the week leading up to the games.

South Dearborn’s basketball “Red Out,” a community outreach program, is sponsored by the National Honor Society. Students are raising awareness about heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in Dearborn County.

Students will be raising donations throughout the week with activities to get the message out on a heart healthy lifestyle.

One hundred percent of money raised by the Red Out will support the American Heart Association’s mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke in Dearborn County.

Cardiovascular disease is responsible for 31.6 percent of deaths in Dearborn County.

Nationwide, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of Americans, responsible for one in three deaths. And, congenital heart defects are one of the leading causes of death in children under age one.

The American Heart Association provides community education programs and funds heart research, including more than $2.2 million at universities in Indiana.