2016 NWLA Heart Walk/Source: NWLA American Heart Association Facebook
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -
Walking to raise money to help fight heart disease and strokes.That's the goal of the annual Northwest Louisiana Heart Walk this weekend.
For one Shreveport family, it's a celebration of life and hope.
"We were going to find out if we we're having a boy or a girl for the ultrasound and ended up getting sent to a specialist and they said it's a girl, but she had a heart defect and enlarged heart. It wasn't working properly," said heart dad, Alex Keith.
Keith and his wife, Tiffany, knew they were going to face a battle with their new addition. But thanks, in part, to the American Heart Association, they wouldn't have to go through it alone.
"Seeing my daughter go from where she did not have a chance to now she's thriving," Keith said.
After countless surgeries, including two open-heart procedures, 3-year-old Lizzy is living the best life she can. Thanks, in part, to the American Heart Association's help with research and advancement in heart health.
"Things that were done for her were experimental 20 years ago and now are not because of people's generous contributions and support," Keith explained. "People who have supported that cause, it brings hope to me hope that she can live a long time."
Lizzy's progress isn't slowing anytime soon.
"Next year, if she keeps making progress, they'll take the trache out, which should be very exciting for us if that happens. She still has one more heart surgery left to go, for sure, of a fairly major nature."
Come Saturday, the Keith family will be walking for Lizzy and others who are able to call themselves heart survivors.
"For us it means hope."
The Heart Walk is set for 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at LSU-Shreveport. It is free and open to the public. KSLA News 12's Marie Waxel will be emcee for the event.