2015-2016 Capital Region Heart Ball
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Meet Audrey Landis
When Kathryn Landis was 27 weeks pregnant, doctors discovered that her new baby’s heart was not properly developed. On August 3, 2012, Audrey Landis was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, meaning that the left side of her heart – including the aorta, aortic valve, left ventricle and mitral valve – was underdeveloped. At just 4-days-old, little Audrey underwent her first open heart surgery to begin the long process of helping her tiny heart function well enough for her to enjoy a normal life. She had her second open heart surgery at 5-months-old and a third this year in May. Her mother recalls the relief of finally seeing her daughter’s skin turn a healthy pink and gain more energy than she’s ever had after her latest surgery.
Today, Audrey enjoys swimming and teasing her little sister. Despite the overwhelming positive impact Audrey’s surgeries have had on her quality of life, her journey is not over. She still participates in physical therapy, visits a cardiologist monthly and takes seven different medications twice a day. Her parents also know that Audrey’s many surgeries are only a temporary fix – she may need a heart transplant some day in the future. “Even though there is no cure for Audrey’s heart, we feel fortunate for the opportunities she has been given to live a relatively normal, happy childhood,” said Kathryn Landis. “So many kids who are born with heart defects don’t make it because we don’t yet have the ability to help them. Talking to other parents whose children have faced similar challenges gives us hope that we can help make a difference.”
Sun Motor Cars
New Concept Technology, Inc.
Select Specialty Hospitals
St. Jude Medical
Trade Eastern, Inc.
LifeCare Hospitals of Mechanicsburg
Wilsbach Distributors, Inc.
Penn State Hershey Heart & Vascular Institute
Lobar Construction Management
Healthcare Building Solutions, Inc.
Saturday, February 20, 2016
The Hershey Lodge
325 University Drive
Hershey, PA 17033
5:30 pm Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction
7:15 pm Ballroom Opens
7:30 pm Dinner and Program Begins
9:30 pm Dessert and Dancing Immediately Following Program