Walking for a cause: Saturday fund-raiser to benefit those with heart defects

Jennifer Pollan is shown here with her son, Rykken, 5.

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Jennifer Pollan is shown here with her son, Rykken, 5.

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— Jennifer Pollan and friends will be walking for a cause near and dear to her on Feb. 21.

Pollan will gather with others at Grangeville High School’s track this Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and walk to raise awareness for congenital heart defects.

Pollan’s son, Rykken was born in June 2009. She expected a healthy baby, as nothing indicated otherwise during her pregnancy. However, 24 hours after being released from the hospital, her son was taken by LifeFlight to Spokane. There, he was diagnosed with hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. At just 8 days old, Rykken underwent his first open heart surgery. In total, now closing in on 6 years old, he has undergone three open heart surgeries, six heart procedures, one emergency stomach surgery and close to 30 cardiology appointments.

“Despite the obstacles he has faced, he is full of love and happiness and life,” Pollan said. “He is the toughest person I have met in my entire life and I admire and love him every single day.”

Pollan would like to invite as many people as possible to join in the walk which is a fund-raiser for The Children’s Heart Foundation. People can donate to the walk by contacting Pollan at 507-1478 or log onto her Facebook page and click on the link she has posted.

“We do not know what the future holds but we try to live every day as if there was no guarantee for tomorrow,” Pollan said.

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