Hundreds raise awareness and money to fight congenital heart disease

Wayne, Pa. (WTXF) Close to one thousand kids and adults came together in Delaware County to help fight congenital heart disease. They joined thousands around the country looking to raise awareness and money.
Walking and riding, hundreds of people packed Wilson Farm Park in Wayne for the 7th annual Congenital Heart Walk.

Camden Cheshire had heart surgery when he was just 4-days-old.

"Kids who have congenital heart defects need help," he told FOX 29.

He's healthy and wants to spread awareness. "Because of research the Children's Heart Foundation has done I am better and don't have any restrictions," he explained.

But other children do. "I still can't do gymnastics because if I fall i could hurt my heart or kidneys or something," Annalise Womelsdorf said.

One in 100 people are born with congenital heart disease.

"This is the #1 birth defect in the country. It's a life long disease requiring lifelong specialized care," said Executive Director of ACHA Glenn Tringali.

This walk was 1 of 30 to raise money for congenital heart disease across the country expecting to bring in more than 2 million dollars for research, education and advocacy.


 

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