Ten-year-old Liberty Bundy walked 50 miles over Oregon back roads to celebrate Wear Red Day, Feb. 1. She raised over $5,000 for the American Heart Association (AHA) in honor of her best friend, who was born with congenital heart disease.
With her mother Leigha, Liberty walked for two days from their home in Stayton to the AHA office in Portland. They created awareness about heart disease along the way with numerous media interviews and more than doubled Liberty’s original fundraising goal of $2,500. All funds raised will support her team at the Greater Portland Heart & Stroke Walk on May 18.
Liberty has been raising funds for the AHA for the past two years and explains on her Heart & Stroke Walk page: “My friend Rachel was born with a heart that doesn't work like mine. I want to raise money so other kids like her have a chance to get their hearts fixed too."
Liberty and Leigha will join nearly 50 other volunteer advocates in Salem on Feb. 28 for AHA Lobby Day. They will be advocating lawmakers require all newborns in Oregon be screened for critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) with pulse oximetry testing. This screening identifies babies with CCHD earlier in their lives so they can get the treatment they need as soon as possible.