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Meet Courtney Kemp
Courtney's story told by her mom, Alneata: Things happened suddenly with our baby girl. One day she was riding her bike as she would often do and the next day we were preparing for her funeral -- that’s how quickly things took a turn. The ‘silent killer’, heart disease had crept in on us like a thief in the night. Courtney was sick for only two weeks. Her symptoms were common. They were that of a headache, a tummy ache, and a slow path of loss of appetite. We did what we knew to do for her. We took her to the Doctor time after time and we are glad that we did, because in that short time they did what they knew to do to care of her. They said from the scan of her brain to the blood in her veins she was well; however, they could not see behind her radiant smile a child with a HUGE heart.
Our sweet girl, Courtney Adavia Kemp passed away on August 19, 2012 at the tender age of nine (9) years old from what we now know as cardiomyopathy. Her love for life was hallmarked by her fascination with all living things. On one occasion Courtney told us that she loved everything green. We didn’t understand at the time what now seems so blatantly clear. Our little girl was simply saying, “I LOVE LIFE”! Creepy crawlers as we would call them were things of beauty in her eyes. A meandering caterpillar, colorful butterfly, menacing ant, slippery frog, or towering pine would provide hours of entertainment for her. She didn’t mind getting dirty… she utilized her time on the things that she enjoyed most. Nine years in the eyes of many may seem such a short time, but for us it was her lifetime. And one well spent.
The American Heart Association is the largest voluntary health organization working to prevent, treat and defeat heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. These diseases, the Nation's No.1 and No.4 killers, claim more than 813,804 American lives a year. Thanks to all our walkers, donors and volunteers who have accepted the challenge to help fight heart disease and stroke. We cannot achieve our mission without each one of you!
For more information please contact Kellie Thigpen via phone
at (800) 257-6941 x6163 or via email at GSAAlbany@heart.org