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Moms on a Mission: Teaming up for American Heart Association

Updated: Tuesday, March 4 2014, 09:33 PM EST
CINCINNATI (Liz Bonis) -- Moms on a Mission are explaining why they are supporting new research for babies dealing with heart issues.

We had a chance to meet these two little babies at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center Tuesday.  They are part of heart teams for the American Heart Associations Heart Mini and they want all of us to know that heart disease can impact you at any age.

Jessica Seibert-Cooper says her little girl, Bella, was born with several heart defects and is awaiting open heart surgery.

Jessica says if her team, "It's called 'Blessings for Bella,' it's a team that I started for her."

Kelcie Kleckner's son, Eli, was also there Tuesday and at just four months old, "He had a complete cardiac transplant in November of 2013.

His team is called, "My Heart Beats for Eli."  Both moms also happen to work for UC Health and want others to know the direct impact the American Heart Association's walk and run really does have on changing lives.

Jennifer Jackson said, "UC Health has already registered over 900 participants and raised more than 50,000 dollars for the American Heart Association so I think that's just amazing.

The real message is that little lives are directly impacted by those dollars and heart issues can impact anyone at any age.  Now of course the goal is to continue to raise money for new research to support what we need to help these babies grow up in a healthy way.  CLICK HERE if you'd like to support this team or any other.

This year's Heart Walk and run is Sunday, March 16th.  There are events for all ages and fitness levels.

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