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      Superhero Heart Run Sheds Light on Congenital Heart Defects

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      A newly formed walk/run aims to help bring awareness to congenital heart defects.

      Yanney Park was filled with superheroes Sunday, showing their support to all the families who are affected by congenital heart defects. One in 100 children is born with this issue.

      Event organizers say more children die from congenital heart defects than all forms of childhood cancer combined, which is why events like this are so important.

      "When I did live in Kearney three years ago I went through it and I lost a child to CHD and I had no support," said Children's Heart Foundation's Kristi Unick. "So I've been very passionate over the last couple years to bring more awareness to it and bring more support to our central Nebraska families."

      Sunday's support is appreciated, reminding children like Avery, who was born with half a heart, just how strong they really are in their fight.

      "It's great that there's this many people in central Nebraska to celebrate these kids and the battles they fought," said Avery's mom, AnneDee Weisdorfer. "It's just great to see this many people out here for them."

      Heart Heroes Incorporated and Children's Heart Foundation collaborated on the inaugural event, raising close to $15,000 and bringing in over 350 participants.


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