Jamie O’Hanlon is a North Attleboro native who lives there with her husband Ryan and their five daughters. Their connection to heart disease is through their fourth daughter, Scarlett who was born with a rare cardiac defect called Pulmonary Atresia with Intact Ventricular Septum. Essentially, she had no blood flow from the heart to the lungs at birth.
Scarlett’s defect was luckily found prenatally and she received a life-saving operation the day she was born at Children’s Hospital Boston. Scarlett is now six years old and thriving. Since congenital heart disease has no cure, she is awaiting an open-heart surgery to repair and replace valves in her heart and will continue to need valve replacements for the rest of her life. Jamie and Ryan desperately wanted to turn this negative into something positive for their family.
They began fundraising for pediatric heart research almost immediately after Scarlett was born and Jamie decided to give that drive more focus through starting a non-profit. Her aim is to continue fundraising for heart research but also to be able to give back to local families in need that have been affected by heart and stroke