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
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.
Delilah Pina, of Brockton, with her daughter Josie, 3, who had open heart surgery at seven weeks old.
Alexander Vasquez, 6, of Malden, was at the walk to support his friend and congenital heart defect survivor, Eva Gambon, of Rockport.
Shannon Heafey, a Tewksbury native who lives in Charlestown, was one of several survivors of heart disease to speak at the walk.
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).
‘Heart of a Giant,’ a Boston Heart Walk team led by Bouba Dieme, of Milton, poses for a group photo at the Hatch Shell.