EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSA Family Walks For Their Little Survivor
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Reported: Sep. 7, 2013 5:19 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 8, 2013 10:36 AM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
For Jessica and Dustin Cox, being able to participate in their first Greater Charleston Heart Walk carries special meaning.
"It's just something heartfelt that we want everyone to do," said Jessica Cox of Montgomery.
At just five months old, Cox's daughter Jacee is already a survivor. The little one was born with two heart defects that required surgery.
"You never want to see a loved one hurt," said Jacee's father Dustin Cox, "But it's different when it's your baby."
The Cox family was among hundreds raising money this weekend for heart
"Show support for those families in the area that might be struggling with heart disease and stroke," said Sarah Hambley, the Heart Walk director, "And also the families in the area who have survivor children. Everybody needs a little love."
Baby Jacee was no different. She had plenty of love ones walking just for her.
Everyone wore matching t-shirts, reading "Team Jacee" on the back and a bandaged heart on the front representing Jacee's journey.
A journey Jessica and Dustin hope not many more people will have to go through and the reason they keep walking for a cure.
"You can't say it enough," said Jessica, "No one should be able to go through this. We can't wait for the day they can cure all heart diseases and everything."
Between all the teams participating in Saturday's walk, including "Team Jacee" the American Heart Association raised more than $100,000 for research.
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