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On Thursday the book Barefoot in November was presented as part of the 2013 Red Ball honoring Dr. Allan Stewart of New York-Presbyterian Columbia Medical Center. More than 150 attendees of the event took home copies of the memoir, in which author Benjamin Carey chronicles his experience with heart surgery and with Stewart.

"Barefoot in November is a story about Dr. Stewart, and open heart surgery from a patient's perspective", said Lawrence Phillips during his address at the event. Lawrence is President of the American Heart Association Young Professionals. He spoke of Dr. Stewart's excellence and innovation, and of his undying commitment to the field. 
Dr. Stewart received the American Heart Association's "Young Heart" award at the event.

"This is a tremendous honor and I am humbled by the organization’s faith and confidence in me", said Dr. Stewart.

Phillips offered kind words endorsing Barefoot in November, and encouraged everyone in the room to continue their dedication to the fight against heart disease.  

"The timing of this award for Dr. Stewart and the endorsement for my book is bittersweet. My brother is awaiting a heart transplant and found out today that he will be moved up to status 1b on the transplant list next month. We are attending tonight's event together and celebrating", said author Benjamin Carey.  

The Red Ball was held at Crimson in New York City. It is a fun, social affair that attracts over 300 of New York City’s young leaders from the corporate, medical, philanthropic, entertainment, fashion, social and professional communities.  It is an event that mixes business with pleasure while raising critically needed funds to support the Association’s life-saving research, education and community-based initiatives. Proceeds from the event support the American Heart Association's mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. The vital funds go to  advance research relating to heart disease and stroke, develop community programs within New York City and raise awareness among men and women about the signs, symptoms and causes of heart disease and stroke.

Barefoot in November can be purchased here, on Amazon, and in bookstores. You can also support Team Heartosaurus for American Heart Association in the 2013 New York City Marathon.

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