State College heart walk to be led by 3-year-old survivor

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ALTOONA, Pa. (WTAJ) — The Central Pa. Heart Walk will return Saturday, Oct. 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in State College to bring the community together and encourage a heart-healthy lifestyle.

Hosted at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, the event will open for registration at 8:30 a.m., followed by opening ceremonies at 9:20 a.m. and the run/walk beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The Central PA Heart Walk will raise awareness and benefit heart conditions like the one Stone DeVore has, who will be the ribbon cutter to kick off the Centre County walk.

3-year-old Heart Hero Stone DeVore, who was born in May of 2018 with a congenital heart defect called an Atrioventricular Septal (AV Canal) Defect and a genetic disorder called Noonan Syndrome. 

This heart condition occurs when there is a hole between the heart’s chambers and problems with the valves that regulate blood flow in the heart.  Stone had open heart surgery at one year old.  He had an amazing and quick recovery. 

He follows closely with his cardiologist as he will likely need more cardiology procedures/surgeries in the future.  There is no cure for CHD, and lifelong follow-up is necessary. 

Stone is a very happy, active, and loving 3-year-old boy.  He loves going for rides around his neighborhood in his blue car.  He loves anything and everything about puppies.  He loves music, animals, swimming, and his cat Romeo.

Stone loves both his mom and dad, who he has never been apart from a day in his life.  Both mom and dad are nurses and work opposite shifts to be home with him.  Stone is doing very well medically and developmentally, and his mom and dad are so proud of how far he has come.    

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