Eight year old Max Williams is like any other kid his age. He plays basketball, eats pizza, and loves the movie Elf. But Max is also very unique.. In the fact that he is a medical miracle, survived a congenital heart defect, seven surgeries, and is now able to be a voice for other children like himself. "It feels kind of good," says Max.
Friday, Max and his parents presented a proclamation to the mayors of Biggs, Gridley, and Live Oak, who declared February 7th through 14th Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week.
Biggs Mayor Roger Frith says, "The more that you can educate people, inform them, then they can pass that word on, you may save a life."
Congenital Heart Defects are some of the most common birth defects. 1 out of every 100 babies born are affected.. But there is little awareness about it; like no national campaign or mandated screening for early detection. So families like the Williams, are doing all they can to get the word out.
Steve Williams says, "Through awareness there might be more funding for certain projects to help with these families."
Mother of Congenital Heart Defect Survivor Dawn Brynnan says, "Not just financial help, but the emotional help is big also."
And with more public support, more lives can be saved. "Not a lot of funding is needed, so if we could just get a little bit more to help save a few lives, that's our goal," says Williams.
The Mayors of Chico and Paradise will also be signing the proclamation.