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Heart walk dedicated to little survivor

An effort to raise awareness and funding for research which could save countless people from heart disease, was held in Longview. But one little heart disease survivor stole the show, and the hearts of all who came out to support the cause. Though hundreds of runners and walkers decorated the streets of Longview, the focus of the annual Heart walk was a little boy. 21 month old Elliott Lenhart, a heart disease survivor.

"He was born with a heart defect two heart defects he was rushed to children's medical center where they performed some procedures on his heart, he spent the first month of his life there," says Elliott's father , Jack Lenhart.

"It was horrible, indescribable really , every parents nightmare," says mother Lanie.

Elliott became the rallying point for friends, family and neighbors to come out and support the American heart associations continuing research effort.

"At the end of the day the key thing is still prevention and unfortunately most people don't appreciate that," says cardiovascular surgeon Dr Arun Singhal.

For Elliott's family , it's proof that there is always hope as long as people care about events like this.

"You can see that Elliott's doing great now. You realize how fortunate you are to have unbelievable family and friends," Jack says.

The Lenharts say they expect Elliott will have one more operation in the future. But he's growing up a happy healthy boy.

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