Kids With Heart Roster

Kids with Heart are local heart/stroke-survivors, serving as ambassadors for the American Heart Association. Through sharing their story and encouraging others to support Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart, they are helping the American Heart Association build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. 

Updates on Kids with Heart
My name is Izzie. I had heart surgery at 9 days old.
My name is Augie. I was born with Truncus Arteriosus with an interrupted aortic arch and had open heart surgery at 9 days old.
My name is Mia. When I was 2 weeks old I had a complication with my heart and spent 18 days in the hospital.
My name is Shelby. I am 10 years old.  I was born with a hole in my heart. I was diagnosed to have Atrial Septal Defect. (ASD)
My name is Jaxon. I am 9 years old. I was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.
My name is Jacy. I am 10 years old. Less than 24 hours old, the doctor detected a murmur when listening to my heart.
My name is Colton Peel. I have Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.Colton Peel

My name is Clare Carter. I am 7 years old. I was born with Transposition of the Great Arteries and Pulmonary Stenosis.
Clare Carter
Carmi, IL
My name is Brooklynn JoleneI was born with a nickel sized hole in my heart.
Brooklynn Hogue
O'Fallon, MO
My name is Ava. I had my first heart surgery when I was 9 years old.
Ava Miller
Jeffersonville, IL 
My name is Bronson. I am 10 years old. I have had 5 heart surgeries. 
Bronson Goldman
O'Fallon, MO
My name is Bryn. I am 10 years old. At the age of 5, I received a heart transplant. 
Bryn Tracy
St. Louis, MO
My name is Anna Louise.   I am 11 years old.  I was born with Tetraolgy of Fallot with Absent Pulmonary Valve.
Anna Louise Stetzel 
Taylor, MI
My name is Ryan, I am 8 years old. I was born with a hole in my heart and my arteries were too small. It's called Tetralogy of Fallot. 
Ryan Sousa
Joliet, IL
My name is Jackson. When I was 7 years old, I went into cardiac arrest during gym class.  Thankfully my teachers knew what to do to save my life.   
KWH Jackson B
Batavia, IL
My name is Ashlyn. I am 10 years old and in the fourth grade. A week after I was born, I was struggling with breathing and eating and my lungs and heart were working extra hard.  After several tests the doctors discovered I had a Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA).
Ashlyn from Batavia Illinois
Geneva, IL
My name is Jillian.  I am 10 years old and in the fifth grade. I had heart surgery when I was 4 years old to repair a large ASD (Atrial Septal Defect).
KWH Jillian T Geneva, IL
Carol Stream, IL
My name is Francesco. I am 7 years old, and in second grade. I was born with several congenital defects that were a surprise to my mom and dad. I only have about one-half a regular heart.
Francesco in Carol Stream
Great Bend, KS
My name is Michael. I am 13 years old. I am lucky to be alive!  I can not play contact sports, can not be forced to run, and can not play any competitive sports.  Extreme heat and cold also are bad for me.  But there are other activities that I can do and just had to learn my limitations. 
Michael H KWH Headshot
Third Lake, Illinois
My name is Rebekah and I am 16 now. I was born with pulmonary stenosis. I had 2 balloon valvuloplasty procedures (at age 1 ½ and again at 3); Then I had an open heart surgery at age 4. (They had to remove my pulmonary valve).  
KWH Rebekah S IL
Springfield, Illinois
My name is Charlie. I am 9 and in 4th grade now, but I became a Heart Ambassador when I was 5. I still like to play Legos, but I love to play outdoors too. I had 3 surgeries by the time I was 3. 
Charlie KWH Springfield small