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Family raises funds for struggling families dealing with premature childbirth

(Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS) (Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS)

Hundreds came out to Cape Girardeau County Park Saturday to support families struggling with babies who are born prematurely. 

It's an event that was put on by Trae and Rachel Bertrand after the loss of their son Frank last year. 

In the summer before Frank was born, the family learned Frank had a heart defect.

During a checkup in June of 2014, he was diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallout and was closely monitored by a team of specialists. 

Frank was born on Oct. 14, 2014. He weighed just 4 pounds. 

He passed away just 15 days later.

The event is called Frank's First Birthday Bash. 

Many pictures of Frank were placed up at the event where many people viewed them.

Money raised at this event goes towards helping other families out that are struggling with premature babies. 

At the event there was plenty of fun, food and games.

There was a raffle held also which featured many items including a guitar and St. Louis Cardinals memorabilia. 

The Bertrands say they are overwhelmed by the support they received from many people last year with Frank.

That support has followed them throughout the past year and into today's event as well. 

Rachel and Trae Bertrand said that Frank more than fought for his life during 15 hard days in the hospital. 

Rachel says she cherishes those days with Frank and is determined to make sure his name is never forgotten.

She recognizes those who have trouble themselves caring for NICU babies as she is all too familiar with the struggle herself. 

Rachel and her family started the Frank the Fighter page on Facebook. 

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