hidden Thousands walk for heart health in Boston

Thousands walk for heart health in Boston

BOSTON — Born with a heart defect, Bouba Dieme knows a heart transplant is a long shot. But thanks to recent medical advances, Dieme, 32, received an LVAD implant while waiting on the transplant list, and expects to live a longer, healthier life because of it. That’s why he walks. Dieme, who lives in Milton with

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Wendy and Jim Bruno (center) of Holliston, with their team, Gregory’s Goalies, named for their son who died at age 18 from a virus-caused heart condition.

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Delilah Pina, of Brockton, with her daughter Josie, 3, who had open heart surgery at seven weeks old.

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Alexander Vasquez, 6, of Malden, was at the walk to support his friend and congenital heart defect survivor, Eva Gambon, of Rockport.

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Shannon Heafey, a Tewksbury native who lives in Charlestown, was one of several survivors of heart disease to speak at the walk.

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Team Heartbeats for Babs, comprised of Barbara O’Malley (far right),, with (from left) Alexandra Hall, Kayla Caron (O’Malley’s daughter), Bo Caron (her grandson) and Nick O’Malley (her son).

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‘Heart of a Giant,’ a Boston Heart Walk team led by Bouba Dieme, of Milton, poses for a group photo at the Hatch Shell.