>I was born with congenital heart disease. I am now 14 years old and I’m on my second pacemaker. I was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Wow, so what does that mean? That I was born without the left side of my heart. The summer of 2011 my father passed away due to a heart attack. I later found out that the past two generations on my father’s side of the family also died due to heart disease. I had two open heart surgeries, and one stent and I was born with transposition of the greater arteries. I was born with four pounds in my heart. I had over eight heart procedures. When I was little I had to have two open heart surgeries. One when I was six months old and one when I was two years old. My dad had got his heart fixed when he was four; he had a VSD, which is a whole between his ventricles. My mom had a surgery last year. She had ASD, which is a whole between her atria. In 7th grade I had a sudden cardiac arrest in my school hallway and I was saved by an AED and CPR. I had to stay in the hospital for 8 days and eventually got implanted with a pacemaker. In the 9th grade I was diagnosed with an abnormal arrhythmia, known as supraventricular tachycardia, so what that means is I had an extra wire on the inside of my heart, which would cause it to palpitate and short-circuit.>If you have yet to get involved in this exciting opportunity to educate your students about living heart healthy and helping others please consider doing it this year. I would like to thank all the PE teachers who are encouraging kids to do and participate in Jump Rope For Heart. Thank you. You are an inspiration to all of us. I also want to thank the American Heart Association from the bottom of my heart. Thank you. I just wanted to take this time to thank you PE teachers who have encouraged and supported and participated in the Jump Rope For Heart and Hoops For Heart program. as it’s helped raise awareness for heart
disease and genuinely saved lives as it has saved mine, so thanks. If you’re unaware of what heart disease is or you’re not or you’re not a part of this project, don’t waste a heartbeat. You can go to the American Heart Association’s page and join Jump Rope for Heart or Hoops for Heart and get started today. Thank you. If you don’t participate, please do. It could help save a life.>