Team Kaelyn's Kause14 Members
Why We Walk
2021 Greater Washington Region Heart Walk
Team Kaelyn's Kause
Please support Team Kaelyn's Kause.
Covid-19 and the Delta variant continue to impact our everyday lives; so this year Team Kaelyn's Kause will once again remotely participate in our annual heart walk. This will allow us to stay safe as we support a cause important to us. The best news is that you do not need to be in SoCal to join in; you and your family/friends can walk a 5K right in your own neighborhood! Although, if you are local to us, we invite you and your family/friends to join us as we walk our 5K with an ocean view.
Kaelyn was born with a complex heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome; this means she was born with only half of her heart. At 11 days, 4 months and 4 1/2 years old, Kaelyn underwent three open-heart surgeries in order to survive her life-threatening condition. Unfortunately, the effects of the surgeries were short-lived and in 2010 Kaelyn underwent a nine-hour surgery to receive a new heart. To date, Kaelyn has undergone 39 surgical procedures and will require more procedures and a never ending medication regimen in order to survive living with a donor heart. Kaelyn has also survived two strokes and sadly deals with residual issues from those strokes.
While some physical activities can be challenging, Kaelyn approaches each day with enthusiasm and optimism, which is captured in her personal motto: "Keep moving forward!" Despite the strides that Kaelyn has made to date, there are many issues that threaten her survival and she will require another heart transplant at some point in her future. We hope that ongoing cardiovascular research including work supported by the American Heart Association will continue to provide breakthrough treatments and safer medical solutions. ...not just for Kaelyn, but for the almost 40,000 babies born every year with a heart defect.
Please consider joining Team Kaelyn's Kause and walk in honor of Kaelyn or your own family members touched by heart disease. All team members who register prior to Oct 1st will receive a team t-shirt, so don't delay ... register today!!!