Baby’s heart inspires at annual Heart Walk

Erin Terry and Ricky McCann with their baby boy, Gavin, at the America Heart Association’s annual Heart Walk in Plattsburgh.

Erin Terry and Ricky McCann with their baby boy, Gavin, at the America Heart Association’s annual Heart Walk in Plattsburgh. Photo by Stephen Bartlett.

PLATTSBURGH — News Erin Terry was pregnant arrived unexpectedly, but she and her fiancé, Ricky McCann, were ecstatic.

When they learned they were having a boy, they named him Gavin.

When they discovered Gavin had severe heart issues that would eventually send them to Boston Children’s Hospital, the couple didn’t know what to do.

This past weekend, they shared their story at the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk in Plattsburgh. The annual event drew more than 1,500 walkers.

“Every day, the American Heart Association is saving lives through research,” said Event Chair PJ Whitbeck of Coldwell Banker/Whitbeck Associates. “I feel responsible as a business owner to promote healthy living, not only to my clients but also my community.”

The American Heart Association’s My Heart, My Life, is a comprehensive new health, wellness and fitness platform to empower Americans to get healthier. It enhances the Association’s 20-year goal to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent and to reduce deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20 percent by 2020.

The Heart Walk is sponsored nationally by Subway and Jenny Craig and locally by Schonbek/Swarvoski, Parker Chevrolet, Fujitsu, Mountain Valley Integrated Solutions, Community Bank, Chartwells, Transamerica, FOX44, Star 92.9 and the Press-Republican.

Founded in 1924, the American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke.

Heart disease and stroke are America’s number one and number four killers, respectively, and the Association funds cutting-edge research, conducts public and professional educational programs, and advocates to protect public health.

Terry was at her 32-week checkup when doctors focused on the baby’s heart, discovering a critical pulmonary stenosis, large ventricle and tricuspid murmur.

Worry and anger gripped Terry as she wondered what would happen to her baby, whether she had done something wrong and why this was happening to her family.

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