Children’s Heart Foundation hits 2020 with a stride, gearing up for big moves for the 17th Annual Walk with the Heart of a Child.  For 2020, the annual family walk moves to historic Springs Preserve, giving walkers a true outdoor space to lace up their sneakers, get those steps in and support the one in 100 (or 40,000) children in the United States who are born with a congenital heart defect (CHD) each year.  These 40,000 annual cases make congenital heart defects the leading cause of illness and death in the first year of life. Aiming to raise both awareness and much need funding to fight what can be a deadly pediatric disease, Children’s Heart Foundation invites all Las Vegans to participate in the 17th Annual Walk with the Heart of a Child on Saturday, March 21, 2020.  This annual fun walk through Springs Preserve (333 S. Valley View Blvd. Las Vegas) allows participants to walk in celebration or in remembrance of the young lives affected by congenital heart defects throughout the Las Vegas community.   
 
The morning of fun and awareness kicks off at 7 a.m. with registration, check-in, Kids Zone and vendor booths, followed by the opening ceremonies at 8 a.m.  The Walk begins at 8:30 a.m. followed by individual and team awards.  All Children’s Heart Foundation supporters and walkers can stay at Springs Preserve once the walk is complete for a day of free family fun including “Jump! The Ultimate Dog Show” at 11 a.m. in the Big Springs Amphitheater and general admission to Springs Preserve (does not include special events, Butterfly Habitat or train rides). Online registration is available at www.chfn.org/walk. Registration is $25 for adults and $15 for active-duty military, students, seniors and virtual walkers (those who cannot attend the event or physically participate). Individuals who raise $100 or more will receive an event t-shirt with additional prizes including baseball hat ($250 level), Bluetooth speaker ($500 level), YETI tumbler ($750 level) or Bluetooth wireless headphones ($1000 level).  Children’s Heart Foundation welcomes First Foundation Bank as a Heart of Gold sponsor for 2020.  Additional sponsorships and vendor booths are available for Walk with the Heart of a Child. 
 
Research, education and family assistance are at the heart of Children’s Heart Foundation’s mission.  In the United States, CHD is 60 times more prevalent than childhood cancer, and nearly twice as many children die each year as die from all forms of childhood cancers combined. Research, still grossly underfunded in the field of pediatric cardiology, is the greatest hope for children living with a CHD a chance to live long, healthy lives due to medical and surgical advances and expert care. It is the hope this annual event continues to improve the level of care provided to those impacted by CHD.

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