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A lot of people will lace up their tennis shoes this weekend in Albany to raise money for heart disease research.

One out of every 100 children in the United States is born with a heart defect.

Jordan Kleckley is one of them.

He celebrated his first birthday two weeks ago, but he's already had three heart surgeries. Jordan was born with only half a heart and his family was told he would never crawl. You can see why he's been named the Heart Walk's little Heart Hero.

"I just try to tell everybody his story just to give them hope because there are so many children out there that have heart defects or heart problems and just to give them hope to know that one day they can have a little wild child like this," said Wendy Kleckley, his mother.

Jordan will likely have to have more surgery down the road, but his family hopes new research could make it better for others. Saturday's American Heart & Stroke Association Heart Walk kicks off at 11:00 AM at the Veranda on Meredyth Drive.

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