Exposition Park, Los Angeles. Photo by Pelladon at en.wikipedia [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Exposition Park, Los Angeles. Photo by Pelladon at en.wikipedia [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
“Everybody Loves Raymond” star Patricia Heaton will Saturday be part of “OneLife LA,” a celebration of the “beauty and dignity of every human life from conception to natural death.”

Survivors who went from horror to happiness will tell their stories at the event to be held from noon-2:30 p.m. Saturday at Exposition Park.

Heaton,  who played the long-suffering wife of Raymond on the hit TV series “Everybody Loves Raymond” from 1996 to 2005, will speak of her support for those who made it through life-changing difficulties.

The event will begin with a performance by 15-year-old singer Christopher Duffley, who was born blind and has been diagnosed with autism. An attempt to set the world record for the largest heart formation will be made at 12:40 p.m. The record is 11,166 set in 2010 in Monterrey, Mexico.

Speeches and performances will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. Speakers include actresses Heaton and Rosie Rivera; Kirk Bloodsworth, the first person to be exonerated from death row by DNA testing; and Immaculee Ilibagiza, who went into hiding in Rwanda when a civil war began that included a genocide that killed an estimated 500,000 to 1 million people in a 100-day period in 1994, including her family, many friends and neighbors.

Jamie Grace, who was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome when she was 11, will sing, along with the 100-member West Angeles Mass Choir and the salsa band Conjunto Nacional.

—City News Service

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