Through the experiences of her daughter, one local woman is now making a difference for all who battle heart disease.
3 year-old Lainey Neumann was only 4 days-old when she underwent her first open heart surgery. Her mom Natasha said she was born with a rare heart defect called Truncus Arteriosus – where only one large vessel leads out of the heart, rather than two, because of this Lainey will need surgeries throughout her lifetime.
"I didn’t know before I had her she was going to have a heart disease, so I found out when she was born and at 4 days she had open heart surgery, it was so very sad looking," said Natasha.
Natasha is now working to raise money and awareness. With the help of the Zanesville Lady Devil’s Boosters, "Love for Lainey" tee-shirts and 50/50 raffle tickets were sold at Tuesday night’s basket ball game. All money raised will benefit the American Heart Association.
"I hope one day Lainey will be old enough to understand that people are doing this for her and know that people really do love her," said Natasha. "Even though it’s not going to her they are doing it for her."
Last year Natasha raised more than $7,000. They hope to raise more than $10,000 this year.
Tee-shirts will be sold again at the Lady Devil’s last home game on February 11th.
For more information or to make a donation, visit http://cincinnati.kintera.org/heartmini/natashaneumann3