• Heart Hero – Carver Meiners

    Carver was diagnosed with Transposition of the Great arteries during his 20-week ultrasound. We were quickly thrown into the “heart world” and realized what all this would mean for our son and family. Carver was born on June 26, 2014, and had an exploratory cath on June 27 to prepare him for his open-heart surgery. […]

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  • Heart Hero – Kiran Aaron Valji

    When I was 22 weeks pregnant, during a follow-up ultrasound, I got the news no expecting parent ever expects to hear: “There is something wrong with your baby’s heart.”  The fear and grief of that moment overwhelmed me.  I am so thankful his dad and I chose to not let the fear control us; we […]

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  • Heart Hero- Grace Diggins

    Grace was born on May 5, 2008 with a severe case of Ebstein’s Anomaly and pulmonary atresia. Ebstein’s is a malformation of the tricuspid valve, and pulmonary atresia meant she was missing her pulmonary valve. She had her first open heart surgery at 10 days old, it consisted of an atrial septectomy, atrial free wall […]

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  • Heart Hero -Elijah Vermillion

    A 20 week ultrasound showed a possible heart defect which was confirmed by a pediatric cardiologist at 28 weeks.  Our little man, Elijah, would be born with an interrupted aortic arch, a VSD, an ASD, and an irregular aortic valve.  He was born at 39 weeks and spent a week in the NICU before his […]

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  • 2016 Superhero Heart Run Ambassador – Cooper Leeman

    Cooper was normal healthy 14 month old boy when we started to notice a change in his breathing. He was getting more winded with activity and grunting. After having him evaluated by his pediatrician and originally thinking it was a viral illness the pieces started to not fit. They did an echo, EKG, and blood […]

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  • Heart Hero -Cayden McGhee

    Our heart journey began when I was about 22 weeks pregnant at a routine ultrasound that showed some abnormalities with our baby’s heart and diaphragm. We were crushed. We knew we wanted to give our baby a chance and the cardiologist we were working with was on the phone getting grim chances with everyone he […]

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  • 2015 Superhero Heart Run Ambassador- Leah Flannery

      Leah Flannery, age 6 (7 on 9/22/15) Ames, Iowa written by her mom, Jodi Flannery Almost seven years ago, Leah was born with complex congenital heart disease that required immediate medical attention upon her first breath. At a routine ultrasound during our third pregnancy, a deathly low heart rate was discovered (70bpm). We were […]

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  • Heart Hero – Sydnie Van De Kieft

    There is a scar that runs down the center of my daughter’s chest. It isn’t ugly, in-fact, it is quite beautiful. A Badge of Honor, inscribed in her chest, with a knife, as Sydnie grows older we will explain to her that the bible says; although the world is evil and passing away, there are […]

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  • Heart Hero- Leilani Lahey

    Leilani was born a healthy 6 lb little girl. Little did we know that 5 months later, our lives would be turned upside down. Leilani started getting sick, and after a long week and a few doctor’s appointments, with her only getting worse, we took her to the ER. They did a chest x-ray and […]

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  • Help-A-Heart Video

    [yt4wp-video video_id=”gaZz3ywuKzI”] Many families have been touched by Help-A-Heart.  Check out our video that features the co-founders, Emily Graber and Melissa Hooper, and the reason they founded Help-A-Heart.  Our mission is to share love by providing emotional and financial support for Iowa families affected by congenital heart disease.

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