4th Grader Carries Survivor Torch At 2013 Heart Walk

Megan Pilla (Photo courtesy of Our Lady of Peace School)

Megan Pilla (Photo courtesy of Our Lady of Peace School)

FORDS — Megan Pilla, a fourth grader at Our Lady of Peace School in Fords, took part in last weekend’s 2013 American Heart Association Heart Walk in Roseland with her family. This year, she held a Survivor Torch to celebrate her story.

In February 2007, Megan’s pediatrician detected a heart murmur. She was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect called atrial septal defect, which is more commonly known as “a hole in the heart.” Megan had open heart surgery in May 2007 at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The heart defect has been repaired and she has no restrictions now, participating in gym and sports.

The Pilla family has participated in the American Heart Association Heart Walk for the last four years and donates to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia every chance they can because they believe that hospital is a gift from God.

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