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Mia Mummert,seven, of Spring Grove has been selected by the American Heart Association as the child chair to lead off the 2015 York County Heart and Stroke Walks.

The event will be held Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon at John Rudy County Park. The Hanover Heart Walk will be held Sept. 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hanover Hospital.

Mia Mummert was born in June 2008 with a critical congenital heart defect, Tetralogy of Fallot.

Doctors decided it was best to wait until Mia was a little older for her to undergo necessary open heart surgery. After four months of being carefully monitored at home, she underwent her surgery to fix her original Tetralogy of Fallot and a misplaced artery that was discovered during surgery.

At the age of four Mia needed a second open heart surgery to fix some remaining restriction of blood flow in her heart.

"We are so grateful to the medical community, the people who help fund the research that keeps us striving to find solutions to problems," said her mother Reyna Mummert. "Without the technology and great team of wonderful people, who knows how Mia's story would have turned out."

Mia and her family will participate in the 2015 York County Heart and Stroke Walks as part of Mia's Dream Team, along with hundreds of other family, community and workplace teams.

The Heart Walk promotes the importance of physical activity for heart health and raises funds to support the American Heart Association's lifesaving mission to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, the nation's No. 1 and No. 5 killers. The combined fundraising goal for the York and Hanover walks is $125,000.

Online registration is open at www.heart.org/yorkwalk.

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