My name is Brooklyn Benedikt.

My name is Brooklyn Benedikt.

I had open-heart surgery when I was 4½. 

My name is Brooklyn Benedikt. I am 8 years old. When I was 4½, I had open-heart surgery. There was a hole in my heart and the doctors said it needed to be fixed as soon as possible. My parents took me to Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center. It’s a really cool place and they made sure I was better. 

The experience changed not just me, but my whole family. We support the hospital anyway we can. My little sister Quinn (she awesome, by the way) and I donate our birthday presents every year to the sick boys and girls at the hospital. All totaled, we have given over 200 presents and it makes us feel great.

My parents tell my story in the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Radiothon. And as a family, we actively participate in their Go The Distance walk and family fun day – where we try to raise as much money as we can.