Sept. 9 Walk benefits CHD research

Congenital heart defects (CHD) are the number one birth defect killer of babies under the age of one.

One in 100 babies are born with heart defects each year, and about 25% of those will need heart surgeries, one or more, and other interventions in order to survive.

Yet, there is little awareness of the effect CHD has on these children and their families.

Also, there is a need for more research to find better ways to treat the babies, children, and adults who have CHD.

Because of advances that have been made, it is estimated that there are more adults with living with CHD than children with it.

Unfortunately, there are not enough doctors to treat these unique adults.

In order to raise money to fund research and support families, on Saturday, Sept. 9, the Children’s Heart Foundation and the Adult Congenital Heart Foundation will hold their 6th Rio Grande Valley Congenital Heart Walk at the Edinburg Municipal Park, 714 S. Raul Longoria Rd. Registration begins

at 7:30 and the walk kicks off at 8:30 a.m.

It includes a one mile walk and 5K fun run. There is no fee to walk or run but a donation would be appreciated.

All Valley families are invited to participate in this event On Sept. 9, you will meet some of the bravest warriors – their hearts may be broken but their spirit is strong.

Come share the morning with us and help us to spread awareness about CHD.

Rita Scoggins Harlingen