My Walk is Why!
I'm making a difference by being a Team Captain for the American Heart Association's Heart Walk. I will be walking along side our team, “Just for Joey” in the American Heart Association's Heart Walk to raise funds for heart disease and stroke research and education. I am asking for your help to make a difference. Why you ask?
Our family has been long standing recipients of the AHA’s guidance, resources and support. My son, Joey was diagnosed at 3 days old with a congenital heart disease. Due to complications resulting from his condition, Joey underwent his first heart surgery to repair a severe coarctation of the descending aorta at the age of 13 months.
Over the next 18 years, Joey continued to be monitored by his cardiologist several times a year for other conditions related to this disease. Joey had a bicuspid aortic valve with a leak and had developed an ascending aortic aneurysm that reached a point considered ‘at risk’ requiring immediate surgery. Joey underwent this complex surgery to repair these conditions on June 15, 2010. The surgery was successful and today, at the age of 26 he is able to lead a fully active life.
Joey will continue to be monitored by his cardiologist and will require additional surgery in the future to replace his repaired valve. However, his surgeon told us that with the advances in heart research and medical technology they are testing performing cardiac valve replacement with Laparoscopic surgery.....unbelievable!
My son’s wellbeing is a direct result of research and advances in cardiac medicine made possible in part by the American Heart Association. So my family and I are walking in this year’s Heart Walk on May 20th in Portland to help raise much need money for the AHA.
Events like Heart Walk make a difference. Through education and research, the American Heart Association is working to build healthier lives for all Americans. Will you please support us?
Thank you in advance for your donation and support!