The 2014 Beaver County Heart Walk
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Marydenise Feroce and Cohen Beckman
“I don’t have time to be sick!” That pretty much sums up my initial thought when I found out I had a problem with my mitral valve. In October 2008 I made an appointment for a complete physical. I had recently participated in a charity race event with my family and I was completely drained when I finished. I had participated the year before and had not felt nearly as bad. I kept thinking to myself that I could not have possibly gotten that out of shape in one year. Click here to read more of Marydenise’s story.
My name is Cohen William Beckman. I was born January 5, 2007 at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. During my mom’s routine 20-week sonogram, I was diagnosed with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS). The left side of my heart never developed properly, so basically I was born with half of a heart. This rare heart defect occurs in 1 out of every 10,000 births. I was also diagnosed with mitral atresia, hypoplasia of the aortic arch, and coarctation of the aorta. Click here to read more of Cohen’s story.