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Event Raises Awareness for Rare Heart Condition

October 14, 2017 10:02 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Mayo Clinic is bringing together doctors, patients, and families of kids with a rare heart condition.

The fifth-annual Feel the Beat event raises awareness of hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), a rare disease where part of a child's heart is underdeveloped.

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A panel, including those with the condition, shared their experiences living with HLHS, while staff held a science fair explaining to kids more about the condition and how it's researched and treated.

"Anything is possible, you can live a full and happy life, you can do things such as go to college and get an education, get married," Brenton Ball, who has HLHS, said.

"Not everyone is the same, not every patient, not every operation, not every story, and that's okay," Annie Ritchings, who also has HLHS, said. "I want to be able to give some people the hope that because your journey wasn't the same as the next one's doesn't mean you're not going to be 38, you're not going to be working full-time."

Attendees were also surprised by a visit from several superheroes, who rappelled down the front of the Gonda Building to a crowd waiting inside.


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