you want to do,” he said. “You have to keep believing in
yourself and have a good support system.”
While Tyler’s medical history stymied his dream of
joining the military, he is attending college and will soon
have his associate’s degree in history and begin work
on a bachelor’s in business. His dream is to work for the
California Highway Patrol.
Kristen got involved with the American Heart Association
when Tyler was a toddler, sharing his story at community
events, participating in local Heart Walks, serving on
the board of the local affiliate and lobbying on behalf of
research funding and heart health issues, particularly
advocacy efforts to require pulse oximetry screening for
newborns, a non-invasive test that might have detected
Tyler’s condition sooner.
Kristen’s why? “My advocacy work with the AHA allows
me to help others, and that is healing,” she said.
Everyone has a reason to live
a longer and healthier life.
TELL US YOURS.
Moms united can make a difference.
The Holihan family: Tyler, Chris, Makenna and Kristen