Annual CSRA Heart Walk raises money to support Heart disease survivors

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) - Every year thousands of children are diagnosed with Congenital heart disease. The number one birth defect in infants. The American Heart Association's annual CSRA Heart Walk is the largest fundraiser that supports those living with the disease.  

Jackson Dozier was born with five congenital heart defects. A week after he was born he had to undergo several surgeries including open heart surgery after doctors discovered a massive hole in his heart. 

Jackson's mother Kim says she was blown away by the support of the AHA in helping her family with resources for her son's recovery. 

"When I started volunteering with them I learned that a lot of the dollars raised are donated locally. They go back to the local hospitals here to help the researchers here learn to do these different surgeries and learn new things about these defects and how to treat them," Kim said. 

Kayla Kranenberg, Director of the AHA of the CSRA worked closely with the Dozier family in making sure Jackson received the proper treatment.

"It's such a pleasure to work with volunteers on a daily basis, people that really are passionate and it keeps me motivated. I know that the work we're doing is so important so that people like Jackson can have normal lives because of the research that's being funded by the Heart Association," Kranenberg said. 

The CSRA heart walk is one of the largest fundraisers of the year and provides money for research and patient surgeries. In 2017 there were over 5,000 attendees with over 70 companies represented. Jackson, now 11-years-old was also chosen to be a heart hero as a survivor of heart disease. It was an experience he says he'll never forget.

The annual Heart Walk will take place at the North Augusta Greenway on Saturday, March 10th at 9 am. To register online or to make a donation visit CSRA Heart Walk



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