Jessica Todd Hinke
Special Ed Teacher, Houston, Texas
My husband, Miguel, and I play for William. William is our 3-year-old-son who has Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HPLHS). He was diagnosed at 17 weeks into my pregnancy. We have loved William since he was conceived, and are constantly amazed at the amount of love, kindness, and silliness this three year old has! William is a true superhero with some amazing super powers! With light-up rain boots and a handmade a t-shirt cape, William has fought many battles in his short three years: 2 open heart surgeries, being on ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) for 12 days, 1 catherization, multiple other hospital stays, and the one he is most proud of: 8 stitches in his forehead (a little boy must learn that only make-believe superheroes can fly!). This year William will undergo another catherization and another open heart surgery. We have no doubt that he will show us how brave and strong he really is. Everyday we are thankful for our little man, and everyday we play for him!