Stair Stepping for Hannah's Heart
"stepping" up to the plate
Hannah Grace Shultz was born on July 13th, 2013 with a very rare heart condition, Hypo Plastic Left Heart Syndrome that causes the left side of the heart not to function. She immediately underwent the first of three planned open-heart surgeries. A few months later, she had the second. She has progressed well and is now a happy and healthy 18 month old giggly toddler. She loves cuddles, laughing with her big sister Addie, cookies, and Let it Go!".
On December 30th 2014, while on vacation with her family in Delaware, Hannah became ill and was taken to the A.I. DuPont Children's Hospital in Wilmington. She eventually went into cardiac arrest due to an extremely rare blood clot in her heart and CPR was performed for 55 minutes. Once stable it was determined that her heart could no longer function on its own, so on January 2nd, she underwent surgery to receive a mechanical heart called the Berlin Heart. This external heart is keeping her alive while she, and her family, waits for a heart transplant.
Getting Hannah a new heart is the only way she will be able to leave the Hospital in Delaware, which can take up to a year. During this time her sister Addie will be staying in Fredericksburg with her Grandparents and visiting her Family on the weekends. The YMCA wants to show our love and support for this family and assist them in any way that we can.
Beth's parents, Mike and Mary DiSalvo, have been loyal members to the Massad Family YMCA for over 30 years. Our CEO and staff are "stepping" up to the plate in a "Stair-Stepping" challenge to raise money for Hannah and her family as well as show our support for our long-time members. We want to do what it takes to help this family.
You can participate by donating money for every minute that Barney is on the Stair Stepper. We will warn you, he can go anywhere from 40-50 minutes :-). Barney is determined to show the community that Beth and Hannah have a family here at the Y, and it is essential that we rally together.
For more information, or if you would like to help, please contact
Devlin Richards at :