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A Heartfelt Cause

Updated: May 12, 2013 10:36 PM CDT
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"I would have to say today is special because the first Mother's Day was spent in the hospital with him."

These are the words of Meghan Kohn.

Her son was born two and a half years ago without a left ventricle in his heart.

Today, Will is an adventurous boy - but it's been a long road.

"His heart just never fully developed in utero," says Meghan. "25 years ago, these little guys wouldn't have made it."

But due to the research of doctors and medical professionals- Will IS alive today.

And now his parents are trying to make that happen for other children.

Through fundraising and participation in the annual Quad Cities Heart Walk.

"When you think of the heart walk, you think of older people." says Chris Kohn, Will's Dad. "But you don't think of the 1 in 100 kids born with heart defects."

The Kohn's have been walking for three years, raising over $7,000 for the American Heart Association.

Money they hope can save another life - and keep Will's going for years to come.

"It's pretty special to have him here with us," says Meghan. "To have him here with us, running around learning words and being a normal 2 year old kid, It's pretty special."

Will is going to need another surgery next Summer. 

Repairing his heart as it continues to grow.

But for now, Will and his family are just looking forward to another milestone...

Walking in another heart walk.

 

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