Valerie and Gretta King
As the mom of a congenital heart disease survivor, I am submersed into a life I never imagined existed. I found out at 20 weeks that my daughter, Gretta, had a heart defect. “Valerie, your little girl has something wrong with her heart. We think she has tricuspid atresia and we can tell parts are missing so we are going to make you an appointment with a pediatric cardiologist.” Those words are burned in my brain, they haunt me because I had never heard of a heart defect. I mean heart problems are for people that are old, don't take care of themselves or eat unhealthily. The next weeks were full of ultrasounds and doctor appointments. I learned a lot of medical jargon very quickly. I also learned the specific diagnosis that our daughter had didn’t have very good statistics to go with it. Tricuspid Atresia, Transposition of the Great Vessels, ASD and hypoplastic right ventricle became very familiar rapidly.
hero_image_alt_text===Valerie and Gretta King
thumbnail_alt_text===Congenital Heart Disease is a chronic condition and she will need lifelong care. The Affordable Care Act ensures that Gretta can never be turned down for her pre-existing condition.
Dr. Shon Chakrabarti
The You’re the Cure network is full of incredible advocates that invest their free time and energy with us to make a difference – in their local community and beyond.
Dr. Shon Chakrabarti is an interventional cardiologist and an advocate. He is a shining example of how one individual can make a big difference when they invest their passion with the American Heart Association. Dr. Chakrabarti is instrumental in changing policy and ensuring individuals receive high-quality cardiovascular care.
Therese Cahill - Maine Advocate
Therese found new purpose after a health scare. Read her story.
hero_image_alt_text===Therese and her family.
Katie Towle - Raising Awareness About Congenital Heart Defects
Cardiac Kids Go to the Ballpark.
hero_image_alt_text===Katie and her family.
Matt Keene, A Cardiac Arrest Survivor, Advocates for AEDs in Public Schools
Matt survived a cardiac arrest while playing football due to the quick action of his coaches.
Kathy McCarthy, Albany, New York
Albany's Communications Director talks about her role in advocacy work.
hero_image_alt_text===Advocates with Heart!
Dawn Wigginton, Kentucky
Our daughter, Kolee, loves the water! During the summer it’s nothing for her to swim every day for hours at a time. With that being said, someone is always with her, but not always standing over her, watching her do her “tricks.”
hero_image_alt_text===Wigginton Family on a boat
thumbnail_alt_text===Wigginton Family on a boat