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Get the 'Red Out'

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Many high school assistant football coach Jeremie Ryan used to sound like many coaches when he said nothing ever scared him.  But unlike many coaches, Ryan redefined fear after the birth of his son, Joseph.  As Tatum Everett shows us, Many high school and the Ryan's bring a whole new meaning to the phrase 'having a lot of heart.'

Joseph Benjamin Ryan was born on December 14, 2012 with what his family thought was a clean bill of health.  The pediatrician told Ryan and his wife Katie that Joseph only half of his heart worked.  Both Ryan and his wife spent most of the spring semester with their 5th child, who at 17 days old underwent his first open heart surgery.  And then another one when he was 4 months.

The Ryan's know Joseph is a miracle baby.  In fact, 1 child in every 100 is born with a congential heart defect.  That's why the Ryan's want to get the word out about CHD research.  

And just 9 months after Joseph's birth, this Friday night, there will be a sea of red under the lights at Many high school as the Tigers honor one of their own with the school's first ever 'Red Out' for CHD awareness.  But the Ryan's don't want this 'Red Out' to be just about Joseph's story.  They want to support and help as many children born with a CHD as they can.

Not only is the crowd asked to wear red but the football team is breaking out their red uniforms during the regular season for the first time in over 3 years.  And before kickoff, there will be a balloon release in honor of community members and their families that have been diagnosed with a congenital heart defect.  

There are also t-shirts sold for Many high's 'Red Out' made by Posey's in Natchitoches and are being sold at cost so that 100 percent of the profits from the event will go to the Children's Heart Foundation.

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