Lasting Imprint, a non–profit committed to fighting congenital heart defects, held an exciting event at Wow!Zone on Sunday. The event raised awareness on CHD, while honoring honored the many children who suffer from them. 

Lasting Imprint's Program Director Kristen Thomas said statistics show 1 in 100 babies are born with a heart defect. 

"It breaks down to about 1 to 2 a day in Minnesota, and so by sharing those statistics and sharing that with people, we're able to get that out there," said Thomas.

Families gathered to say who they were and shine some light on their heart warriors, a name title for kids fighting a defect.

Mankato Clinic Pediatrician Dr. Ben Dexter, who recently joined the non–profit's board, said he is proud of the event.

" I think it's a representation of just the good that's out in the community," said Dexter.

All families were given free pizza, arcade tickets, free bowling and more. 

Thomas said the group has found a few ways to raise awareness about the issue.

"Last night they were able to light the 35W Bridge [ I-35 W Mississippi River Bridge] in red, white and blue, for Lasting Imprint and all for the CHD families and the heart warriors and angels to remember them to honor them," said Thomas.

Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week runs from February 7 through the 14.

The group's next local amusement event is the Heart Hop, which will take place in September.

--KEYC News 12