Fundraiser planned for teen who died from heart problems

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CARLISLE, Ky. (WKYT) - A heart condition took her life at just 19 years old but friends of a Nicholas County woman are making sure her memory lives on for years to come.

They’ve organized an event in her honor for this weekend. It will raise money to help people wanting to go to college.

On Saturday, the field at Jockey Park in Carlisle will be anything but empty as the community holds an event to honor a young girl whose life was taken far too soon.

It was a big loss for the small town of Carlisle. “Beth died of an unforeseen heart condition that none of us even knew she had. She was only 19-years-old,” said Katie Trussell, Beth’s best friend.

The sudden death of Beth Livingood last August took a toll on the tight-knit community but almost a year later, folks living in the same small town are stepping up to honor her in a big way.

“We decided to go off of the relay for life idea but on the grounds of a heart walk.”

A heart walk held in Beth’s name.

“The name of the heart walk is ‘Begin Exercising The Heart’ and that spells Beth’s name, B-E-T-H,” Trussell explained to WKYT on Thursday.

Dozens of vendors will also set up shop including "Bows for Beth," which will donate its proceeds to a college scholarship fund in Beth’s name.

This year, the scholarship will provide two graduating high school seniors $500 each to assist them with higher education.

“I hope we can do this every year and that everybody looks forward to it because there's not a lot in this town so something like this is a big deal. I hope we can do it for years to come,” Trussell told us.

The event will take place from 9am-9pm at Jockey Park on Saturday.

For more information on Saturday’s event, visit the “Bows for Beth” Facebook page.

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