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American Heart Association unites 'little heart heroes'

The American Heart Association united survivors of heart defects and their families at Maine's third annual Little Heart Hero Day in Saco. (WGME)

SACO (WGME) -- The American Heart Association united survivors of heart defects and their families at Maine's third annual Little Heart Hero Day in Saco.

The pint-sized heroes sported bright red capes with their names on the back.

According to the organization, congenital heart defects are the leading birth defect in Maine.

Sunday's event included low-key activities for the kids to participate in, but was really aimed at connecting families to help provide a network of support for one another.

"Sometimes you might need that parent to be like, 'You know, I just need someone to vent to that knows what I'm going through,'" said Gretchen Keyes, whose son, Connor, 3, was born with a heart defect. "And we're here. We're a big family. We're really supportive and we're just here for everybody."

According to the AHA, 25 percent of babies born with a heart defect will need surgery or other treatment to survive, but more are surviving thanks to advances in research.

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