We Heart Henry4 Members
We Walk to Save Lives!
2022 Maine Heart Walk
We Heart Henry
Encouraging survivors to share their story with family, friends, colleagues and publicly is one way the AHA spreads awareness of heart disease, congenital defects and stroke.
Check out the video on our personal page at 9:50 to see Henry, Rocco and I strutting the newest Heart Walk gear!
In January of 2021, my son Henry was diagnosed with patent ductus arteriosus. In utero as a baby develops and grows there are two holes in the heart to allow blood flow to the lungs since the baby receives oxygen through the placenta (mom). One of these holes did not close at birth. Henry has had a murmur and I finally asked our pediatrician this year for a referral to a cardiologist. After an abnormal ECG and echocadiogram, we were scheduled for a procedure to close the hole using an Amplatzer device that stays in his heart for the rest of his life. He now considers himself part robot :) Procedures and devices like this would not be possible without the medical research the AHA provides. Awareness would not be possible without the programs and campaigns the AHA runs.
I'm grateful for the research the AHA funds to provide life-saving techniques, programs and initiatives. Especially, pivoting in a pandemic to divert fast-track funding to research and understand the link between COVID19 and heart disease/stroke. He is my why.
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer worldwide and stroke ranks second globally. Please join our team or donate today and help us change this statistic.
The Heart Walk is a time of celebration, joy and inspiration. People unified in support of a single goal: to see a world free of heart disease and stroke.
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