Meet nine-year-old Franklin. This sweet boy had a challenging beginning to his life. He was born with a congenital heart defect known as Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS). He has had six open heart surgeries and twelve cardiac catherizations to date and a pacemaker implanted in 2012. In addition to his heart condition and as a consequence of lack of oxygen during multiple interventions, Franklin suffered brain damage and was diagnosed with Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy. Franklin’s happy attitude is nothing short of a miracle.
Franklin is an average boy who is above average. He enjoys activities similar to other kids. His routine is to watch Paw Patrol afer lunch and Peppa Pig before bedtime. The last thing Franklin does before falling asleep is reading a Peppa Pig book. The young boy listens to a variety of music that puts him into a relaxed mood. He likes getting fresh air and going to the park to watch people play baseball and basketball. Franklin is a sports fan, especially of soccer. He attends many games to support his cousin who plays the popular sport.
Franklin is a huge fan of the former Real Madrid player, Cristiano Ronaldo. Franklin, however, is not defined by his interests. He is a good kid with an endless smile and a positive attitude. In short, Franklin’s heart is perfect.
Franklin needs a therapy tricycle to improve his leg flexibility, strength, and balance. The trike will also be another outlet for him to play outside. Please be his sponsor!