Becoming A Fighter with American Heart Association
Five-year-old Payton Madden is a happy, sassy girl who loves to sing and dance.
Chase Sime is an 18-month-old who loves to play with his cars and wrestle with his older brother.
Looking at the two, you would have no idea that they have been through so much in their young lives. Both Santa Clarita residents were born with heart defects. Both had open-heart surgery within days of being born.
Chase and Payton are thriving, but their battles are far from over. The Madden and Sime families are counting on advances in research to ensure a long and healthy life for their heart warriors. Both families are participating in the American Heart Association’s Santa Clarita Heart & Stroke Pop-Up on November 9. The event, which takes place at Bridgeport Park from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., brings Santa Clarita community members together to have fun, get inspired and support healthy hearts and minds. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy group walks, health screenings, cooking demos, fun fitness activities and more. Sign up at www.HeartWalkLA.org.
Heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases claim the lives of more than 830,000 men, women and children every year. In Los Angeles County, heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and No. 2 killers. Funds raised at the Heart & Stroke Pop-Up help create new technologies, such as the artificial heart valve, cholesterol drugs, stents, and the mechanical heart pump which help save, extend and improve the lives of patients every day. They also support local programs to ensure equitable health for all, including making healthy food more accessible and affordable, as well as building active communities and bringing health programs to communities in need.
The Heart & Stroke Pop-Up is sponsored by Keck Medicine of USC, Huntington Hospital, UCLA Health, Adventist Health and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
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