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Annual event will ‘give from the heart’ to help sick kids

  • By Melanie Ruberti
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  • Oct. 10, 2018 - 9:48 AM

Annual event will ‘give from the heart’ to help sick kids

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Lisa, left, and Lexie Millard, right, pose in front of their favorite car, a late 1960’s Chevy Camaro on Saturday at the 2017 Coweta Strong Ride N’ Cruise. The mother and daughter duo are the driving force behind Legacy From the Heart, a nonprofit that helps children and families affected by cardiac illnesses.

Motorcyclists, Jeep owners and car enthusiasts will hit the streets of Coweta County Oct. 27 to show their support for children living with heart defects.

The annual Ride N’ Cruise will end with a car show, live music, food and games on the midway at the Coweta County Fairgrounds.

The event is sponsored by Legacy From the Heart, a Coweta County nonprofit organization that raises awareness about congenital heart defects that affect the pediatric population in Georgia.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 1 in 4 babies are born with CHD every year.

A congenital heart defect can range from mild, such as a small hole in the heart, to severe, like missing or poorly formed parts of the heart, CDC officials explained.

Lisa Millard is president of Legacy From the Heart. She said she’s witnessed the challenges of living with a congenital heart defect.

“My baby sister, Susan Michelle, passed away at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in 1979 due to complications from CHD,” Millard wrote in an email. “My youngest daughter is still a heart patient there. She is a walking, talking miracle, essentially born with half a working heart. She would not be where she is today without Children’s Sibley Heart Center.”

Millard and her daughter Lexie have never forgotten all the support they received while at the Sibley Heart Center.

The duo formed Legacy From the Heart three years ago. The group provides monetary help and hope to families dealing with cardiac illnesses.

“God has been so good to us and this event is one way of giving back,” Millard wrote. “This is done through cash donations to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Those donations all go towards programs, services, and meals and camperships for the heart patients and families at Sibley Heart Center.”

All the proceeds from the annual Ride N’ Cruise will benefit the CHOA medical center.

The Ride N’ Cruise will begin with a charity ride starting and ending at the Coweta County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Oct. 27.

The ride begins at 9 a.m.

The cost to register for the ride is $25.