Castin’ N Catchin’ hooks donations for Pediatric & Congenital Coronary heart Middle of Alabama

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SCOTTSBORO, Alabama (WHNT) – The annual Castin’ N Catchin’ Fishing Tournament will be held April 23 on Lake Guntersville at the Goose Pond Bait, Tackle and Grill in Scottsboro.

The annual event comes the Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center of Alabama.

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Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defect in the United States, affecting one percent of babies. It is a problem that occurs at birth and affects the structure of the heart, its valves, or blood vessels.

The fundraiser was started by four families who were personally affected by a congenital heart defect.

“They saw and impacted their own families and realized they had an opportunity to make improvements for other children like their own who will later deal with these issues,” said Dr. Robert Dabal, chief of pediatric cardiothoracic surgery, Children’s of Alabama.

To date, according to Dr. Raised nearly $800,000 to benefit the Heart Center.

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According to the tournament’s website, money raised at the annual event has funded a full-time research grant, research into kidney care for heart patients and a camp to educate patients with heart problems about caring for their condition.

People can register for the fishing tournament online at the Castin’ N Catchin’ Website. Online registration closes on Thursday, April 21.

The Fishing Tournament offers prizes including a $15,000 payout for the angler who takes first place. This amount is based on a maximum entry of 250 and will be adjusted based on the actual number of entries.

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