BAKERSFIELD, CA- On Saturday, thousands of people laced up their sneakers for the annual Heart and Stroke Walk at Cal State Bakersfield. It's an event to help raise funds for heart and stroke research through the America Heart Association.
Brayden Eidenshink is battling a heart defect and pulmonary hypertension. A special kids corner at the Heart and Stroke Walk was dedicated to him.
"Oh, it's amazing just to know how much love and support we have for our son and our story, our journey,” said Brayden’s Mom, Brenda Eidenshink. ”It's absolutely wonderful."
Several people said they came out to support Kern County residents like Brayden suffering from heart-related problems.
"I have never been in a place that supports any cause as they do in Bakersfield,” said Astrid Enriquez who participated in the event.
Proceeds from the event benefit the American Heart Association.
"Our goal for today's Heart and Stroke Walk is to raise $200,000 which will go towards funding life saving research and education,” said organizer Cori Kitchen.
Research that could save the life of child like Brayden. He is in need of a new heart but the problem is his body produces too many antibodies that would reject a transplant.
"If we could get him a new heart, his heart could function properly.” said Brenda. “They do believe that it would fix the pulmonary hypertension."
But all hope is not lost.
"We live life to the fullest,” Brenda said. “It's like the country song "Live Like You are Dying" and that is kinda our new meaning of life. Everyday is a precious day and we are so thankful we have it."
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