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Republic FC Honors First Cardiac Kid – Carter Andrews and Family

By Grace Ogata-Beutler, 08/13/21, 10:00AM PDT


Family of infant born with heart defects is raising funds for research

During Republic FC’s first-ever Heart Health Night on Saturday, the club will honor 1-year-old Carter as its first Cardiac Kid. The program – one of many initiatives being rolled out by the club following the announcement to rename its stadium Heart Health Park – aims to highlight the stories of young people and their families who are affected by and trying to make a difference in the world of heart health.

At Saturday’s match, the Andrews Family will be treated to the VIP experience at Heart Health Park, and call on fans to donate to the Children’s Heart Foundation. Republic FC has pledged to match up to $1,000 in donations.

For Carter and his mom Laura, Heart Health isn’t just the name of a stadium, it’s an everyday challenge. Two days after Carter was born, his pediatrician heard a heart murmur, and three days later the family learned that Carter has two heart defects - Atrial Septal Defect and Ventricular Septal Defect. He is currently undergoing treatment to try to repair the defects naturally, but the possibility of heart surgery is not off the table.

While they wait to figure out their next steps, Carter’s family is taking action by participating in the 2021 Children’s Heart Foundation Congenital Heart Walk. The event - coming up this Sunday - is focused on raising money to fund research on congenital heart defects, which, according to the American Heart Association, affect at least eight out of every 1,000 infants born each year. They are also the leading cause of birth defect-related mortality.

Join in Republic FC in supporting Carter’s Crew in making a lasting impact in the lives of kids like Carter and their families who are affected by congenital heart defects. Donate or join the walk at


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