I walk because because the American Heart Association is working to save and improve the quality of life for people like my little cousin, Norah. Three days after Norah was born, she was in the operating room having her first open heart surgery to repair an aortic fistula which was pumping extra blood into the the right chamber of her heart, therefore, suppressing the left chamber. Ever since, she has seen specialists, dealt with regular scans and testing, and made sure nothing slowed her down. Within the last couple years, she has started enjoying softball, soccer (with her favorite player being Rose Lavelle, obviously), and she even runs 5ks!
Norah is currently in the 5th grade and growing into a stellar person. Unfortunately though, she's hit another hurdle. Recent tests have indicated that she likely needs to have another open heart surgery here soon. While that is a tremendous surgery for anyone to deal with, let alone a kid, I have no doubt that Norah will plow through this current hurdle and walk away stronger. Check back in for updates on her progress!
I urge you to consider donating on behalf of Norah and the loved ones in your life who have dealt with heart health problems. Your donation will fund groundbreaking research that literally keeps hearts beating and helps people have longer, healthier lives. The more research we can fund, the greater chance we have at seeing Norah turn into the next Rose Lavelle.
Help us keep the possibilities endless!