The American Heart Association is hosting an event for children with congenital heart defects (CHD) and their families to come together for fun activities, support and networking. The fourth annual Connecticut “Little Heart Hero Day” will take place on Sunday, Sept. 11th from 12 to 3 p.m. at Lyman Orchards in Middlefield.

This free event is open to all Connecticut families who have a child with a congenital heart defect. The evenBRADYHW2011 (4)t will include fun activities, crafts, games and a heart healthy lunch.

“My son Corey was born with heart defects, transposition of the great arteries and dextacardia along with heart block, and he’s often at the hospital for routine check-ups and procedures” said Katie Letkowski of Madison. “Little Heart Hero Day is a wonderful escape for him to have a day of fun with other CHD kids and a chance for the family to connect with other families going through the same situation.”

Congenital heart defects are the No. 1 birth defect in the U.S. and the No. 1 killer of infants with birth defects. In fact, nearly twice as many U.S. children die from congenital heart defects each year as die from all forms of cancer. Each year, about 32,000 infants are diagnosed with a congenital heart defect and 1.3 million Americans are living today a CHD.

Little Heart Hero Day will be held at Lyman Orchards, 32 Reeds Gap Road in Middlefield and is rain or shine. Admission is FREE, but space is limited and RSVPs are required. For more information or to RSVP, contact Angelina Stackpole at 203-303-3336 or email

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