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The 2014 Four States Heart Walk

September 27, 2014

Congrats to contest Winners for last week: Rob Foster with Schreiber Foods (Sept 22), Sarah Boyd with Mercy Pharmacy (Sept 23), Nora Cannon with Mercy Cath Lab (Sept 24), Mallory Roberson with Mercy (Sept 25) & Julianne Striegel with Team Chet (Sept 26)!

When our son Oakley was born on Sept. 20, 2012, he seemed perfectly healthy. On the day he left the hospital his pediatrician heard a heart murmur. At one week old, an echocardiogram showed that he had atrial and ventricular septal defects. His doctor said the holes in his heart were small and likely to close on their own without causing any problems.

On Monday, Oct. 8, Oakley was admitted to our small local hospital outside Joplin, after a visit to the pediatrician, with dehydration and a low pulse oximetry reading, tests showed that his heart was so severely enlarged that he was in heart failure. Read More...

The American Heart Association is the largest voluntary health organization working to prevent, treat and defeat heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. These diseases, the Nation's No.1 and No.4 killers, claim more than 813,804 American lives a year. Thanks to all our walkers, donors and volunteers who have accepted the challenge to help fight heart disease and stroke. We cannot achieve our mission without each one of you!

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