The 2014 Stark/Wayne Heart Walks
Kent State University at Stark on September 13th and at OARDC Secrest Arboretum Wooster on September 27th
Meet Troy Persinger; he was born on December 31, 2012. He arrived almost eight weeks earlier than he was supposed to due to a heart defect. When he was born the doctors were unable to tell for sure what the diagnosis was because they needed to wait for a stronger heart path. Troy stayed at Aultman Hospital’s NICU in Canton for about three hours before he was transferred to Akron Children’s Hospital. He stayed at Akron Children’s for 110 days before his family was able to take him home for the first time. Throughout the short time that Troy has been with us he has undergone two open heart surgeries and is about to undergo his third on January 23, 2014, at only a year old.
Research and the AHA have played a big role in helping Troy and his family. His mother Danielle describes the people who participate in the heart walk as “Amazing and generous people!” Without the research there is no idea what position Troy and his family would be in. Troy is showing proof of how the research from the AHA can help families that are dealing with the same type of situation that his family is in. At the age of one, Troy is starting out his life as a fighter and he will continue this fight as the years go on.