NEDROW, NY (WSYR-TV) - For months, Krystal and Edward Peters have been asking the state for help teaching parents about the signs and symptoms of the birth defect that lead to their nine-month old daughter's death.
In response to the Peters' lobbying, Governor Andrew Cuomo proclaimed February 7th - 13th, 2013 to be "Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week."
The Peters hope next year, the awareness week will be recognized nationally. They are also pushing for a state law to mandate that hospitals administer a simple pulse-oxygen test before babies leave the hospital.
To honor her daughter's memory, Krystal Peters says she will always continue to spread awareness.
"I promised her that I wouldn't let her go with nothing. If she was here for no other reason other than for us to get awareness out then that's what we're taking out of this. That's what we want," said Peters.