We play for the thousands of families, teams and communities, every single year, that lose someone they love to a detectable heart condition. Whether you're an athlete, a celebrity, or an everyday hero,
we all have someone or something we play for. Who do you play for?
I play for kids like Wes Leonard, who didn't know that they had a heart defect, and their first symptom was Sudden Cardiac Arrest. I was fortunate enough to find out about my heart defect, Wolfe Parkinson White Syndrome (WPW), even before I had a symptom. When I found out that San Antonio Spur and NBA All Star LaMarcus Aldridge had WPW, I wrote him a letter and was able to meet him. It was a great day! Because I was one of the lucky ones, I feel it is important to give back and volunteer at Heart Screenings, which are so important and helpful in finding other kids' possible heart defects before it's too late.
I do this work in the memory of my daughter Sarah and all the young people who have died too soon from Sudden Cardiac Arrest, and to add to their loving legacy. I believe that God has placed this mission before me and I hope that I could come close to living the honorable life all these students have. We have a genuine LOVE for people and want to help prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest from taking others. Life is precious, and detectable heart disease should never take a life when a screening could have found it. WWPF, thank you for carrying the torch and spreading the message from coast to coast.
My husband, Miguel, and I play for William. William is our 3-year-old-son who has Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HPLHS). He was diagnosed at 17 weeks into my pregnancy. We have loved William since he was conceived, and are constantly amazed at the amount of love, kindness, and silliness this three year old has! William is a true super hero with some amazing super powers! With light-up rain boots and a handmade a t-shirt cape, William has fought many battles in his short three years: 2 open heart surgeries, being on ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) for 12 days, 1 catherization, multiple other hospital stays, and the one he is most proud of: 8 stitches in his forehead (a little boy must learn that only make-believe superheroes can fly!). This year William will undergo another catherization and another open heart surgery. We have no doubt that he will show us how brave and strong he really is. Everyday we are thankful for our little man, and everyday we play for him!
I play for my family. No people better in the world to make sure I stay healthy for, get screened, and educate on sudden cardiac arrest and many ways to prevent different diseases! PS learn all about SCA and WWPF from the one and only Alahna Kessler, the best human being on the planet!
I play for everyone. I am a combat veteran of Afghanistan and currently employed as a 911 paramedic. I feel that life can be difficult enough as is. My personal philosophy is
to promote general care and well being for my fellow man.
It is my hope to one day to live in a world where everyone feels a sense of connection and community with one another.
I play for my family. My older sisters taught me almost everything I know, and no matter how far away I am from them, they are with me in everything I do. My amazing dad and mom have never failed to support me and I couldn’t be more grateful. I play for Rafe Maccarone and Kate Alukonis. I play for every person who was taken from us too soon. I play for those who cannot. I play for these people because they remind me to be humble and grateful, and inspire me to positively impact my world.
I play for my brothers and I play for my family. Growing up I was incredibly fortunate to have older brothers, parents and my grandma Mamor who loved and sacrificed for me uncon- ditionally. Outside of my family, I play for every kid who- for whatever reason- never had the opportunity. I play for Rafe Maccarone and every community who has lost someone they love to a detectable heart condition. I play for Cade and the campers of Camp boggy Creek. I play for Rachel Price. I play for John Curtis. I play for Kate Alukonis.
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