Local group offers kids a special day at Wildlife Prairie Park

By Denise Jackson

September 29, 2013 Updated Sep 30, 2013 at 9:16 AM CDT

HANNA CITY, Ill. -- Several local children and their families got a special touch at Wildlife Prairie Park Sunday.

The youngsters, like Molly Porth, 6, all suffer from some type of congenital heart defect and are scheduled for surgery soon.

Their support group, The Organization of Understanding Children's Hearts, also called TOUCH, hosted its annual picnic and day of fun at Wildlife Prairie Park.

Molly's mother Lindsay said her daughter looks forward to it.

"I think it helps her feel less different than all of her friends. There's other kids that are dealing with the same kinds of issues she is and it just celebrates something that she feels makes her special," Lindsay Porth said

"I feel like it's just for me and my family," Molly said.

Medical staff from Children's Hospital of Illinois also attended the picnic, which lets kids see them outside of a hospital setting.