National Wear Red Day raises heart disease awareness

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BABYLON -

Friday marked National Wear Red Day, meant to raise awareness of heart disease.

Savannah Amore was born with a congenital heart defect. Her parents, Matt and Danielle Amore, found out about it before she was born. Doctors said the girl would need open heart surgery immediately after birth.

The surgery was a success. Now 6 years old, Savannah is a happy first-grader with a bright future ahead of her.

"Every day is a miracle and we truly believe that and Savannah helps us and the whole community realize that," her father says.

Nationwide, more than 40,000 children are born annually with a congenital heart defect.

The Amores started the nonprofit Team Wear Red as a way to raise awareness for congenital heart defects and give families facing a congenital heart diagnosis financial support.

February also marks American Heart Month.

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