Kyler from Taylorsville, NC. Kyler has a heart condition (Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy) and received a heart transplant. This is Kyler’s story.

At 5 years old, Kyler’s family discovered he was born with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (a genetic condition that caused his heart to become enlarged) and would need a heart transplant to survive. His heart had stopped 3 times he literally died each time and his medical team brought him back to life. Kyler was on the transplant list for 1 year and 3 months before they got the call from the Levine Children’s Hospital.

After his heart transplant, Kyler was only in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for 4 days Kyler’s future is bright. He is back to his normal self-riding his dirt bikes and living dangerously without fear of having another cardiac arrest (his heart-stopping). You can help other children like Kyler by donating this year during our Secret Santa event below and give back to this wonderful hospital with have within our community.


Alexis Zarycki is your average girl with the hopes of leaving an everlasting impact on the world. Follow her on Instagram @official_lexpaige