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Valentines Day Bash raises awareness for continental heart defects

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MISSOULA - Sometimes the smallest among us can show the most incredible bravery and strength. 

The Congenital Heart Public Health Consortium reports 1-in-every-110 babies are affected each year by congenital heart defects making it one of the most common birth defects in the US.

Mended Little Hearts is a group that offers support for parents and kids whose lives are forever changed by CHD.

Saturday night they had their annual Valentines Day Family Bash at the Missoula Fairgrounds. There was dancing, games, raffles, a photo booth, and more. 

Erin Edge experienced first-hand the positive influence of the resources MLH provides when her daughter was diagnosed with Atrial Ventricular Septal Defect (AVSD).

"The group has provided me with friendships and people to talk to and kids for Brayden to meet," said Edge.  "As she got older we really noticed that she wanted to meet other kiddos that had a scar." She said having other kids to talk to and spend time with has made her daughter feel like she's not alone. 

MLH also provides resources to educate people on Congenital Heart Defects and pediatric cardiology as well as promotes awareness of the issues faced by families affected by CHD. 

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