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A congenital heart defect survivor and three family members participate in the Chicago Urban Race for CHD Research

Racing their hearts out for birth defects

by Andrew Holik
Apr 30, 2013


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Mary Clark and her husband, Pete, check the map for hints on the next location to find.

The Children's Heart Foundation of Illinois last weekend held its first Chicago Urban Race for Congenital Heart Defect Research, an Amazing Race-esque scavenger hunt that sent teams throughout the city looking for clues and checkpoints.  Betsy Peterson, 34, is one of the survivors of congenital heart defects, the leading cause of birth defect-related deaths in the U.S. Congenital heart defects affect the blood vessels ranging from blockage of blood flow to irregular heart rhythms and can lead to heart failure, pneumonia and slower growth of children.