A message from Darby
Hi! My name is Darby and I am seven years old. I was born with a
heart defect. When I was a baby, they had to operate on my heart and fix it.
The doctor said that sometime when I get older, I would have to have another
surgery. This makes me scared, but if we help raise money for the American
Heart Association, maybe they will find new ways to fix hearts.
I have my own team called “Team Darby” for the American
Heart Association Heart Walk. I am getting all my friends, grandparents, aunts, uncles,
cousins, and neighbors to walk. I want to have the biggest team and try to raise lots of
money. Come walk with me! Together we can raise money for other kids like me and other
people with heart disease.
Will you walk for heart disease this year on Sunday,
September 28, 2003?
Hope to see you at the walk!
- Darby Andre
Read about Darby's
congenital heart defect, her surgery, and what she's up to today.
Darby's story >>
In 2002, Team Darby raised a grand total of $9,884.25 in donations for
the American Heart Association. This is the highest dollar amount for
any team in the history of the Berks County Heart Walk.
Darby cutting the ribbon to
2002 Heart Walk
Darby was the Honorary Red
Cap Chair Person for the 2002 Berks County Heart Walk.
Read more about Team Darby in 2002 >>
October 2, 2003
get top awards
Allentown newspaper The Morning Call published an article that Darby and Lehigh Valley
Hospital registered nurse, Claranne Mathiesen, received awards
from the Pennsylvania Delaware Affiliate of the American Heart
September 28, 2003
The Big Day!!!
Team Darby participated in the 2003 Berks County Heart Walk to support
the American Heart Association in its fight against heart disease and
stroke. Friends, family, and neighbors walked the three mile path
from Arrow International to Gring's Mill and back.
Darby at Heart Walk 2003 >>
September 25, 2003
little girl with a lot of heart
Boyertown Area Times published an article highlighting Darby's
efforts to raise money for the American Heart Association.
Read the Boyertown Area
Times article >>
September 23, 2003
It's been a bit hectic
lately, but we've finally gotten the pictures of Darby's
Hearts Award and appearance on
September 22, 2003
the Heart Walk only a few days away, Darby has been busy
checking her email and chatting with friends and family about
the big day.
September 18, 2003
Today's edition of
Boyertown Area Times featured an article on Wayne R.
Weidner, chairman and CEO of National Penn Bank, Boyertown, as
co-chair of the 2003 Berks County American Heart Walk, along
with Darby's good friend from last year's walk and co-chair,
Jim Catanach, customer support manager for Met-Ed/First Energy,
Inc., Reading. Also mentioned in the article as last
year's American Heart Walk Honorary Red Cap Chair-Kid was Darby
herself. Darby is always fascinated to see her name
printed in the newspaper, and her older sister, Devan, is
usually a little envious, although she knows it's all for a
September 17, 2003
"Team Darby" Thank You ...
to the generous gentleman who
anonymously deposited $95.00 into the Team Darby Heart Walk
collection jar at Andre Farms Country Market this week.
We appreciate your support!
September 14, 2003
Sunday Heart Sale
Darby raised money for the American Heart
Association by selling paper hearts and GiggyBites Gourmet Dog Treats in person
at Andre Farms Country Market. So far, over 150 hearts
have been purchased, filling an entire wall in the store!
September 13, 2003
supports Team Darby
Gourmet Dog Treats has generously offered a portion of their
proceeds to support Team Darby in the Heart Walk! Darby's
dog, Jasmine, is just crazy about Giggy Bites Carrot Crisps!
for a taste of dog treats made with real people food.
September 12, 2003
Young Hearts Award
was awarded the American Heart Association's Young Hearts Award
at its 2003 Volunteer Leadership Conference in State College,
September 8, 2003
promotes Heart Walk on WEEU radio
Darby was heard live on Berks
County radio station
WEEU 830 AM to promote the upcoming
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