Local Boy Donates Birthday Presents To Other Kids

By: Marybeth Brush Email
By: Marybeth Brush Email
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Will Koinzan was born with a congenital heart defect and will live with heart disease his whole life.
He just turned seven and invited all of his friends to go bowling for his birthday on Saturday.

Getting a strike is important to Will. "I barely got any strikes before," he said. There's something else that's important to him and his family. While his friends brought presents to the party, they weren't for Will. After realizing he has enough toys, he's decided to make a special donation. "It makes me very proud of him and its nice for him to be old enough to be aware and talk to him about the heart disease," said Will's mom, Melissa Koinzan.

All of the birthday presents are going to his cardiologist's office to help other kids with heart problems. "This year he kind of learned he had heart disease, where as before he was too young to figure that out and this year he wanted to give back instead of getting gifts for himself, he wanted to have his friends give gifts to his cardiologist's office," said Melissa Koinzan.

The Koinzan family is also starting a support group for kids and families with heart disease called Mended Little Hearts. For more information about the group call (719) 649-7226.

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