David A. Levine's

I am really honored to share my personal heart story, not only to raise awareness about congenital heart defects but also to let my racing fans know just how important living a healthy lifestyle is at any age, with any heart.  I was born with a ventricular septal defect.  While a ventricular septal defect is the most common congenital (present from birth) heart defect, mine was complicated as I also had a rare "straddling tricuspid" defect.

Because of the research and technology funded by the American Heart Association before and after I was born, doctors knew my defects could be fixed after birth.  At just four months old, I received open heart surgery and the surgery was a complete success.  I can, and do, participate in normal activities without increased risk and am able to pursue a successful career in racing.  However, I choose to lead a healthy lifestyle to reduce my risk for cardiovascular disease and visit with a cardiologist every three years for a heart check-up.

The American Heart Association continues to do so much for the communities that support me, I want to support them.  There is a good chance that someone in these communities will need them and their science and I want to help the AHA be there when they are needed.  Please consider making a donation today and helping me reach my goal of $10,000.

I'm gearing up for a series of races across the United States and also volunteering for American Heart Association.  To learn more about my summer race schedule, my heart story and tips for how young adults can lead a healthy lifestyle visit http://www.davidlevineracing.com and follow my racing on Facebook www.facebook.com/DavidLevineRacing and Twitter @DaveLevineRacin.

Thank You for your generous support!

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