Rick was born with a coarctation of the aorta – a condition in which an aorta is so narrow that it’s difficult for blood to be pumped through. Within days, he suffered from congestive heart failure.
That was just the beginning for Rick – he had his first surgery at age four and second at 13. Then, six years ago, he learned that he needed yet another surgery.
“This terrified me,” Rick said about his reaction to this news.
In need of support, Rick looked up a CFC-funded organization that serves people with congenital heart disease.