CLEVELAND -- The Heart Association celebrated the 11th annual Cleveland Go Red for Women Luncheon Friday.
This event bring awareness and raises funds to battle cardiovascular disease, the number one killer of women.
WKYC's Monica Robins hosted the event.
Heart disease can impact anyone, even children and their families.
Avery Kish is like any active six year old girl.
"I enjoy doing dance, singing, I like a little bit of soccer," she said.
But Avery was born with a congenital heart defect and currently has a hole in her heart the size of a quarter. But it doesn't slow her down.
"Just like every other kid, no limitations" said Avery's dad Mike Kish.
Her father had the same condition and got his heart repaired when he was eight years old.
"Open heart was really the only option. With all the technology today, hopefully she will have a less invasive procedure to get it taken care of, which we are excited about," said Mike.
The family has been actively supporting the Heart Association. Even Avery's brother C.J. asked for donations instead of birthday presents, to help other kids like his sister.
"You always think it's never going to happen to you and, when it does, it's a bit of a shock. But I'm glad and I hope my kids will grow up to continue to support this organization" said Avery's mom Dori.
The surgery to repair Avery's heart is scheduled for this summer.
If you would like to support the Heart Association Go Red campaign you can do so by going to ClevelandGoRed.heart.org.