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Collins Chrusch, 2-year-old heart defect survivor, to lead 2013 Berks heart, stroke walk

Published On: Oct 02 2013 02:00:34 PM EDT

A 2-year-old heart defect survivor will represent local heart disease and stroke survivors around the region.

Collins Chrusch, of Reading, has been chosen as the child chair for the 2013 Berks County Heart and Stroke Walk.

A routine ultrasound revealed a small "echo" on Collins' heart when her mom was 22 weeks pregnant. An EKG when she was born confirmed she had a congenital heart defect, organizers said.


"Collins’s journey from being born with a heart defect to thriving today has inspired my entire family to raise awareness about heart defects and make a difference in the lives of others," said the little girl's mom, Monica Chrusch. "We wanted to join the Berks County Heart and Stroke Walk because we believe that the research funded by the American Heart Association will only continue to improve the lives of children born with congenital heart defects, like Collins."

The annual walk will take place on Sun., Oct. 20, from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at Blue Marsh Lake in Bern Township.

The walk's goal is to raise $60,000 for the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association and awareness about heart disease and stroke prevention.

For more information about the event or to register, visit the walk's website.