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PRAIRIE HEIGHTS STUDENT CELEBRATES HEART MONTH

Jason Gutierrez has high hopes of one day becoming the President of the United States. In that position, he could do more to fund the research for Congenital Heart Defects. 

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"If people have to go through this, they should have support," Jason said.

 

Jason knows what support looks like when someone is going through a serious medical crisis. He was born with a Congenital Heart Defect. He has gone through 48 surgeries since birth. When he was 6 years old, he underwent a heart transplant, which he is quick to explain is not a cure for CHD. There is no cure. 

 

"It's ok," he said. "I wouldn't want a cure for me, because this made me who I am."

 

He does want to help other patients and families in his situation. That is why he and the Student Council at Prairie Heights Middle School are collecting markers and crayons, and money to help kids undergoing heart procedures and awaiting transplants at Children's Hospital in Denver. They have been collecting the items and money for weeks and will deliver it to Children's Hospital next week. 

 

Jason and his family have been transparent about his medical journey. He has more than 15,000 followers on his Facebook page, Baby Jason's Heart Journey. The 12-year-old has also testified before Congress, and will head to Washington D.C. again in May to address lawmakers about the importance of funding research for CHD.

 

"We need more money for research to help," Jason said. 

 

Jason faces a lifetime of medical procedures, daily medications and limits on his activities. And, like any typical middle school student, he is just happy to hang out with his friends and to the things he enjoys. 

 

"Even though I am going to Washington, I will be back for my band concert," he said, smiling.