Helping Hearts: A Congenital Heart Defects Fundraiser

Saturday, February 11, 2012
10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Local Connections

    Tillman and Hailey are two local CHD survivors who were happy to help us with our fundraiser. They came in for a promotion photo shoot and gave us some information about thier individual circumstances.

    Tillman Vice is now 32 years old and has always lived in Falls City. When he was going in to the 7th grade, he went in for a school physical to play sports and found that he had a hole in his heart since birth. Tillman had open heart surgery shortly afterward and has done well since. He currently works at Home Lumber and is a very healthy and active person.

    Hailey Dorste is currently 10 years old and has also always live in Falls City. She was born with the Congenital Heart Defect called Transportation of the Greater Arteries. This defect is when large vessels that take blood away from the heart to the lungs, or to the body, are improperly connected. Hailey had her 1st open heart surgery when she was 2 weeks old. When Hailey was 3, she had another open heart surgery. She has additionally had a total of three heart catheterizations. Hailey is in the 4th grade at South School and enjoys soccer, playing softball and is currently playing basketball. She has had all of her procedures done at Omaha Children's Hospital and Midwest Heart Connection has provided care packages when she was in the hospital.

    There are other local CHD survivors that we know of who were unable to help us with this particular fundraiser. Although CHD doesn't hit every family directly, almost every family knows someone who it has effected whether they realize it or not. If you do know of another local CHD story who would like to get their story out, please have them contact us and we will include their information for this fundraiser.