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By ACHA on 6/12/2014 9:27 AM

By Ryan Leist

Since I was in middle school I knew I wanted to be an accountant. I know the stereotypical image of an accountant is someone who carries a pocket protector and does taxes, but all the career tests I took growing up recommended it based on my interests and personality type. Another test as part of the career process in high school was the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB).

The day in high school we took the ASVAB was September 11, 2001. It was ironic to be taking the armed services test the day of the notorious terrorist attacks. I will never forget the United States of America military personnel turning on the television in the library to see the second plane hit the tower. From that moment on, I wanted to serve in the military; however, with a congenital heart defect, I was unsure I would be able to.

By ACHA on 2/7/2014 11:56 AM

By Ryan Leist

My first involvement with the Adult Congenital Heart Association was last May at the Congenital Heart Walk in Indianapolis. I signed up to be a volunteer to check out what the organization was like and it turned out to be a life-changing experience.

Growing up in a small town, I never encountered anyone with heart defects, so going to an event to meet so many kids and adults was overwhelming. After speaking with others, I felt so lucky to live a relatively normal life with CHD thus far and I wanted to do my part to help raise awareness and funds for ACHA.