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GARDENDALE – The fourth annual Harper’s Heart Run will be Saturday, Sept. 16 at Buffalo Wild Wings (2505 Caufield Drive, Gardendale). Proceeds from the run benefit the Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center at Children’s of Alabama.
Individual or team registration is available online or on the day of the race for $30 (5K), $20 (Survivor 5K) or $23 (1-mile Fun Run). Teams of five or more will receive a $3 per person discount and be automatically entered into a creative team name contest on race day. Race day registration begins at 6:30 a.m., followed by the start of the 5K at 8 a.m. and the 1-mile fun run at 8:45 a.m.
Each participant will receive a Harper’s Heart Run T-shirt. All participants, excluding virtual runners, will receive a participation package full of items from race sponsors. Refreshments, door prizes and awards will follow the races. To register or for more information about the event, visit www.harpersheartrun.com.
Harper Hill was born on September 23, 2013 with no signs of any complications. At a one-week routine checkup, a small heart murmur was detected and she was referred to a pediatric cardiologist. Weeks after being born Harper was diagnosed with multiple, rare congenital heart defects and heterotaxy syndrome. She had her first open heart surgery on May 13, 2015 and since then has had a great recovery. Harper has a long road ahead of her with multiple open heart surgeries planned, but due to the research and advancements made with congenital heart defects, there are more options for her future than ever before. More information about Harper is available at www.harpersheart.com.
About the Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center at Children’s of Alabama
The Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center at Children’s of Alabama is often referred to as a “heart hospital within a hospital” because it represents a five-decade tradition of superior clinical care and research dedicated solely to children. The medical division focuses on making the patient and the family at the center of care. This single platform of care includes surgeons, intensivists, cardiologists and many others, including nurses, social workers, child life specialists, counselors, nutritionists, occupational and physical therapists, and chaplains. More information is available at www.childrensal.org/heart.
About Children's of Alabama
Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama, 46 other states and seven foreign countries last year, representing more than 676,000 outpatient visits and more than 15,000 inpatient admissions. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. More information is available at www.childrensal.org.