Jaeven Cuadra-Mateo, Age 11

Age 11

Jaeven Cuadra-Mateo, age 11

My name Jaeven but I am also known as Jay. I am 11 years old. I have two brothers, Mikey and Jadrien. I also have my mom, dad, grandma, dog and a turtle in my family. I have a rare heart condition named Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return. I was only two weeks old when they diagnosed me. The doctors performed  a surgery in order to help my heart function correctly. This heart condition does not allow me to play rough sports like football or hockey. I also cannot eat too much salt or fat.

I feel great now. I always play basketball right when I get home from school and eat a lot of healthy food. I hope kids with heart conditions can have a normal life like me when they get older.

For the past 2 years, I have been the top fundraiser at my school for the Jump Rope/Hoops For Heart event. My wish is to be the top fund raiser again this year because it is such an important cause to me.