Young Heart Disease and Transplant Survivors Come Together at Picnic
Out at Lake Wauburg, The Broken Hearts of Florida's 5th annual May Day Picnic was held.
Young heart-disease and transplant survivors gathered along with their families for a day of fun and friendship.
Physicians, nurses, therapists and other caregivers from the UF Health Congenital Heart Center and Children's Hospital were also in attendance.
Survivors said today was the perfect day to showcase their scars or what they refer to as their "zippers" or "badges of courage."
"When out at this picnic, you'll see this is the one chance you'll see other families and the kids are running around, going swimming, taking their shirts off, and being proud of that scar," said Candice Pridemore, the chapter leader for Gainesville/Ocala for Broken Hearts of Florida.
"Broken Hearts of Florida" is a non-profit organization that educates and connects families affected by congenital heart defects and other pediatric heart diseases.
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