GAINESVILLE - Back here at home children with heart disease gathered together Saturday afternoon to share what they had in common and to show off their battle wounds to each other. More than 100 families gathered this afternoon at Lake Wauburg for the Broken Hearts of Florida picnic, a gathering held for children who are affected by congenital heart disease.
The daylong event gave parents the opportunity to share stories and fears but also hope. It also gave children who have heart disease an opportunity to meet and hang out with other kids just like them… many of them were proud to show their scars.
Candi Pridemore, the leader for the Gainesville/Ocala chapter Broken Hearts, said, "It's only personal to you when your kid of family member has something. So for us, this is one big, congenital disease or defects awareness and we're all, you know, going through the same or similar situations. So it's just a good, fun time." Doctors and nurses from the University of Florida's congenital heart center also attended the event to have fun with their patients outside of the hospital.
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