Personal Stories


A New Junior Heart Board at Piedmont Community Charter School  

Hannah Broome was born prematurely at 32 weeks and weighed 3lbs 15oz.  She was born with a congenital heart defect called a double outlet right ventricle which was surgically repaired at 4 months of age.  She also suffered other serious congenital defects, but the heart problem was a major one for her.  She spent 5 months in a neonatal intensive care unit before ever coming home for the first time.


The open heart surgery was probably the scariest moment for her parents as this was extremely serious surgery.  Fortunately, she had an excellent repair and has no serious heart issues at age 17.  She has cardiology checks about every 4 years, but functions normally from a physical standpoint.  Her cardiologist says she can do anything physical that she desires and should be able to have children at a later time in her life.  Very gifted doctors and a strong faith sustained their family and brought healing to her.  She had many close calls with her during her infancy, but she survived them and was left here for a purpose.


She served as the heart child for the Heart Walk in Charlotte in 1996.  Her family felt a desire to support the Heart Society since research is so important for children with heart defects.  Many years ago, she probably would not have survived!


Hannah had a strong desire to start a Junior Heart Board at her school during her Junior year at Piedmont Community Charter School.  She wanted to give back to the Heart Society since she had heart problems at a very young age.  Starting this club allowed her to give back to the community with service and also educating others about heart health.  She feels very fortunate to be healthy now, and wanted to stress to others the importance of keeping a healthy body.  Her mother, Cathy, wanted to be involved as well and serves as a co-advisor to the JHB at her school.  Her school was in need of some new clubs, and a JHB was a perfect match for Hannah!


Pam McKinney  

Over the past several years Pam McKinney has helped the Heart Society organize cholesterol and blood pressure screenings for the employees at Alexandria Place Nursing Home, where she is the social worker.  She has also organized a team to participate in the Heart Society’s Annual Heart Walk held in May.


Pam has a personal interest in heart health.  Her daughter Lauren Faith, who is now 4 years old, was born with Atrial and Ventricular Septal Defect.  She had open heart surgery when she was almost 2 years old.


We sincerely appreciate Pam’s active participation in our efforts to increase awareness of heart disease and promote heart healthy lifestyles!



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