1 in 100 kids are born with a heart defect, according to the American Heart Association. Now, Quad Citians are gearing up to show support to those affected, with the annual Heart Walk.
Heart health is issue that hits close to home for one Bettendof family.
Will Kohn is a happy two-and-a-half year old boy, learning to talk and explore. But when he was born, his parents weren't sure he would be here today.
He was born without a left ventricle in his heart, requiring three surgeries already in his young life.
And, according to Will's parents, his story isn't unique.
That's why they want to spread the word about the QC Heart Walk.
Every year, hundreds come together to raise awareness and money for the American Heart Association, money that stays here for research and education.
"When you think of the Heart Walk, you think of older people. Heart disease is pretty rampant in our age. But you don't think of the 1 in 100 kids born with heart defects," Chris Kohn, Will's father, said.
"It's a nice morning to come together as a community and show their support," he said of the upcoming walk. "With the numbers, almost everyone is going to know someone that is affected by heart disease or defects."
Over the last three years, the Kohn's have raised nearly $7,000 for the cause. And, they're asking the community to get involved, too.
The Heart Walk is Saturday, May 18, 2013, at 9 a.m. in the District of Rock Island.
If you would like to make a donation, go to the QC Heart Walk website: http://bit.ly/YPlTo8
While you're there, you can also find all the information to sign up to take part in the walk.