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A Beautiful Time for a Walk

Jun 28

Posted by: ACHA
6/28/2013 11:53 AM  RssIcon

By Kelly Deeny

I feel incredibly guilty that I didn't participate in this year's Delaware Valley Congenital Heart Walk. There were so many goings-on that weekend and I missed a beautiful day. So, I've decided to start walking again.

A couple years ago, I found a fundraising website where you create a project and pick an organization to be the recipient of your fundraising efforts. I decided to create the Walking for My Heart project. For every specific amount of money donated ($10 or $25, I don't recall), I would walk one mile. I ended up raising enough money to walk eight miles thanks to my family, friends and colleagues.

That project introduced me to Terri (the ACHA Blog editor) and when guest bloggers were needed, I gladly signed up! I've said it before, but I'll say it again—I'm proud of all the work this organization does for its members, the families and future congenital heart patients. I'm honored to be a part, in even the smallest of measures.

At the time of that project, I was at an unhealthy weight—for this congenital heart patient, anyway! I am currently more than 15 pounds lighter than I was then and am more focused on my health. I make it a point now to get up and move during my 8-hour day at the computer, to not only give my eyes a rest but to re-energize my body as well. I have more energy, but I still get winded when racing around the backyard with my 3-year-old niece.

So, I've decided to do another walking project. I'm doing it not only for myself but in honor of all those congenital heart patients who are not able to right now, for those who have passed on, and for my friends and family. I want to be here to see my niece and nephews grow and evolve, and be healthy enough to join them. I haven't chosen what fundraising site I'll use, but the money will definitely be raised for ACHA. I'll keep you updated!

A graduate of Temple University's English program, Kelly Deeny recently completed book one in her juvenile fiction series. Using various forms of the creative arts, Kelly seeks to heal the emotional and spiritual scars that remain from her 1979 open heart surgery. While her ventricular septal defect was repaired and no physical limitations remain, she's just recently realized how vital the arts are to her healing process. Visit Kelly’s website by clicking here.

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