WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Heart disease is the #2 killer of children in the United States, according to the American Heart Association. The Cape Fear Heart walk plans to highlight the AHA's work to stop that statistic.
The Saturday morning walk on the UNCW campus will support survivors. Peter Hourigan and his family are part of that group.
Peter's adopted son, Will, was born with a heart defect. At just four months old, Will was put on the operating table where a surgeon opened up his chest and repaired a hole in his heart.
"You just sort of existed in that space and had no other option," Peter said. "You couldn't be anything else other than a parent to a sick child."
But today, at two years old, Will is a typical little boy. He played on a playground Thursday at Cape Fear Academy where his father, Peter, is the Middle School Director.
Peter says the American Heart Association's research and advancements in the field of heart health have been critical to Will's recovery.
"There's nothing in his future that is a barrier to his potential life and his decisions and our decisions as a family," Peter said. "We do all the things that you'd expect; the playgrounds, the playing, the reading, the nighttime, the tantrums; none of that is affected by his experience."
If you are looking to participate in the Cape Fear Heart Walk, registration starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday. The walk will be held at 10 a.m. at the athletic field on UNCW campus.
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