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A walk with heart

"My pediatric cardiologist treated me like the mom I was and gave my child the same professional care he gives each of his patients. I am not my son's pediatrician; I am his mother. I approach my patients with the expertise of a physician and the experience of a mom."

She said her son's condition has given her a new perspective on being a doctor.

Meridith Cohn, director for the heart walks, said the events raise close to $1 million annually, and that money goes directly to research for heart disease.

"The research today saves lives tomorrow," she said.

She said the walk could help improve the quality of life for many people, and the money they raise is pivotal for dealing with the ongoing battle against heart disease.

She gave Navarro credit for being proactive when dealing with her son's diagnosis.

"She sees the effect of heart disease every day," Cohn said.

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