Fishing tourney this weekend raises awareness about dangers of undetected childhood congenital heart defects

ALBA TEXAS- The third annual “Fishing 4 Hearts” bass fishing tournament will be hosted this weekend at Lake Fork in Alba TX (east of Lake Tawakoni) by the non-profit “Chynna’s Helping Heart” charity to raise funds and awareness about the dangers of undetected congenital heart defects in children.

The charity was established in 2008 after 16-year-old Forney High School student and Jackrabbit mascot Chynna Nicole Zmolik passed away suddenly and unexpectedly from a undetected congenital heart defect, normally found when children are young.

Zmolik’s parents started the non-profit shortly after her death to increase awareness and education about the problem, to prevent other children from having to die so young.

The boat launch will be Saturday at 6 am from the Minnow Bucket Marina, with fun festivities including live music at 11 am and the weigh-in and awards ceremony at 3 pm.

Friday night pre-registration, Texas Hold’Em poker and hamburgers for all registrants will start at 7 pm at the Minnow Bucket.

The event will also raise funds to promote the Forney High School competitive high school tournament-fishing club, plus in support of the American Heart Association.

“As always, we’ll be on hand all day long, sharing our stories, testimonials, and our love of children – all while looking back on the life of our dynamic little fisher-girl, Chynna Zmolik, who passed away in 2008 as the result of a previously unknown congenital heart defect,” said her mother, Dina Moon, who now resides in Rockwall.

“This year promises to be our best, most touching experience yet. We are so hoping you’ll be a part of this day, whether you’re fishing with us, sponsoring our tournament, or just coming to hang out with us.”

“We can’t think of a better way of remembering Chynna, heightening awareness about congenital heart defects, and promoting family values than to support bass fishing within the high school community. Plans are even underway for a future invitational tournament specifically for age groups from 14 to 18!”

For more info, see: or call 214-923-7400.

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