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The 2014 Stark/Wayne Heart Walks


Kent State University at Stark on September 13th and at OARDC Secrest Arboretum Wooster on September 27th



Mason Negron-Survivor of CHD

In May 2013, the Negron Family would forever change. Their 4 year old son Mason Negron was diagnosed with a Congenital Heart Defect (CHD). He had been a normal, active and healthy little boy. That May, he was sick with what they thought was a routine cold and fever. When he didn’t seem to improve and the fever was high – his parents took him to the ER. The fever had been caused by a virus that the doctors found, but his chest x-ray had shown something that his family was not prepared for—the right side of his heart was enlarged. Mason was to see a cardiologist as soon as possible. Mason was diagnosed with an Atrial Septal Defect, which is a hole in the wall between the two upper chambers of the heart. At first Mason’s parents were terrified, but the doctor reassured them that this is one of the easiest CHD’s to fix. Much research has been done in that area. In July Mason had open heart surgery to fix the hole in his heart. Mason’s mom, Tracy, explained that she prepared her son for his surgery by telling him that he would be asleep the whole time and when he would wake up he would have a little mark on his chest, and some pain but the doctors would give him medicine to make the pain go away. They told him that his scar would make him a “Super Hero” and he would be “Super Mason”!
Twenty-four hours after Mason’s surgery he was standing up and walking around. Before his surgery, Mason would tire easily and now, after his surgery he is like a whole new kid. His mom says he is an energizer bunny.
When asked about her thoughts about the American Heart Association and their volunteers, Mason’s Mom Tracy said she has a whole new respect and admiration for them. She explained that it had never hit home before and now that is has she says that she just loves the AHA! She realizes that the dollars raised at the Heart Walk fund the research that made Mason’s surgery and fast recovery, possible. Tracy believes that the people that participate in the Heart Walk are, “Amazing!” She said, “Families like mine are thankful,” for those who participate in the Heart Walk! Tracy and her husband Miguel have a heart walk team named the Super Masons. They walk in honor of Mason. After Mason’s surgery Tracy told him that his scar would be his superhero scar – and he loves to flash it to people to show them his super power! Go to their team page to see his “Super Hero” smile and watch for Mason in his cape and survivor hat – at the Heart Walk! And THANK YOU for all you are doing to help fund the research that make stories like Mason’s possible!








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