Let’s Take a Walk For This Little Guy
A little man with a big heart, this is Owen. Owen is a survivor, a fighter and the face of this year’s Heart Walk in Lancaster, PA. He’s also a son, a little brother, a grandson, a cousin and my nephew.
Owen was born in February of 2012 with a heart defect that made it difficut to breath and cut oxygen flow from his other organs. At just two weeks of age he underwent open-heart surgery to correct the defects. Owen will likely undergo an additional surgery in the near future and continues to be monitored regularly but is able to live the normal and active life of a 1-year old.
He steals his sister’s toys, pulls her hair and gives out hugs regularly. He is able to do all of this with the help of the procedures and technology available due to the research by the American Heart Association.
Our family and friends will be walking as part of Team Owen on October 5 at Clipper Stadium in Lancaster, PA to help raise awareness of cardiovascular disease, the No. 1 killer of all Americans. Someone dies from cardiovascular disease every 39 seconds and it kills more women than all forms of cancer combined. And congenital cardiovascular defects are the most common cause of infant death from birth defects.
Join us as we walk to save lives on October 5 with Owen leading the way and representing all local heart disease and stroke survivors, as well as those, that lost the battle. Click here to join the team:
You can also make a donation by clicking on the Sponsor Me button on the right hand side of the page.
The funds you help us raise in the Heart Walk will support projects like:
- Putting up-to-the-minute research into doctors’ hands so they can better prevent and treat heart disease among patients.
- Groundbreaking pediatric heart and stroke research. About 36,000 babies are born with heart defects each year–research is the key to saving babies lives.
- Getting life-saving information to those who need it most–information that can save a life, like how to eat better, how to recognize the warning signs of heart attack, and how to talk to a doctor about critical health choices.