A couple of years ago a dear friend and cousin found out she was born with a congenital heart defect known as bicuspid aortic valve disease (BAVD). This meant she would have to undergo heart surgery. Being a scientist, she decided to document everything about her condition and the surgery in a blog, Defective Heart Girl Problems, which Boing Boing picked up when her post about the actual surgery — with pictures — started to make its rounds.
Summer is fully recovered and joining the American Heart Association Heart Walk/Run for the second time this year. And this time I’m joining her!
We’re hitting the streets of New York City on June 18 to help raise money and awareness for AHA as they work to reduce death and disability from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20% by 2020. If you would like to help support us, please consider a small donation to our team.