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Aug. 31, 2007

Heart Friends picnic planned for Sept. 30

The Heart Friends Support Group will host their annual picnic for children affected by congenital heart defects and their families from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, in the North Ridge Pavilion, located at 2250 Holiday Road in Coralville.

Food and drinks will be provided. RSVP by Sept. 24 by e-mail at or or by calling 319-356-4696.

Heart Friends is a support group for children born with heart defects and their families. Heart Friends provides emotional support, information and educational opportunities for those children and families. The group is facilitated by the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at University of Iowa Children's Hospital and receives support from Children's Miracle Network.

UI Children's Hospital serves children and their families at its main campus in Iowa City and satellite clinics in communities throughout Iowa. A 180-bed "hospital within a hospital," UI Children's Hospital benefits from the sophisticated services and comprehensive resources of UI Hospitals and Clinics. Child magazine ranks UI Children's Hospital among the top 20 children's hospitals in the nation.

Children's Miracle Network is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children by raising funds and awareness for 170 children's hospitals throughout North America. Some 135 radio stations and 200 television stations help solicit donations to help support critically ill and injured children.

For more information about helping the Children's Miracle Network cause, contact Lisa Baum or Michelle Altmaier at 319-335-8484. Learn more about Children's Miracle Network and UI Children's Hospital online at

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, UI Health Care, 319-356-3945,