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Elder Nelson receives honor from American Heart Association

Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve was recognized for his service in the medical field at Utah's 25 annual Heart Ball on Saturday, May 15, at the Marriott Hotel in Salt Lake City. Elder Nelson and more than two dozen other past award recipients were inducted to the American Heart Association's Heart Ball Hall of Fame.

"They have given countless hours, some giving countless years of support to the American Heart Association," said Don Hudson, anchor of Good Morning Utah ABC 4 and master of ceremonies for the evening. "They are extraordinary individuals."

Elder Nelson received the Heart of Gold award in 2002 for his involvement in the fight against heart disease and strokes. Elder Nelson, who was by profession a surgeon and medical researcher, is a former president of the Society for Vascular Surgery and former chairman of the Council on Cardiovascular Surgery for the American Heart Association. His efforts proved him to be a pioneer in open-heart surgery and helped to bring information and skills to Utah.

"Early in his career the American Heart Association grant enabled Elder Nelson to continue research in the development of artificial heart and lung machine," Brother Hudson said. "Elder Nelson says it has been his pleasure to be a volunteer and advocate for the AHA, and we certainly thank you as well."

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