Boy with heart disease is excited for heart walk

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - He may not be ready to go pro just yet, but eight-year old Jacob has already faced a host of challenges just to get this far. Jacob has cardiomyopathy, which means his heart muscle is inflamed and doesn't work as well as it should.

"Statistically, if you look at it a third of the kids live, a third of the kids die and a third of the kids transplant," says Andrew Serre, Jacob's father.

Jacob had a feeding tube for the first seven years of his life and had to take twelve medications a day. Now the feeding tube is gone and he's down to ten medications.

The family is waiting to hear whether or not Jacob is well-suited for a heart-transplant, just in case he needs one someday. But for now, he can go out and play with the heart he was born with...he just has to be careful about wearing himself out.

"I usually play basketball with dad and I scooter at the park. I also play Mario on the Wii," says Jacob.

Jacob and his family have been to seven heart walks, and team "Jacob's Heart" is gearing up for this year as well.

"We go so we can help raise money for scientists so they can see if they can find a medicine so that nobody will have cardiomyopathy anymore," says Jacob.

In the meantime, Jacob will continue his job as an eight-year boy, dreaming of a bright future.

Jacob's father Andrew and his sister Adilyn also have cardiomyopathy, but their hearts are a lot stronger than Jacob's.. so they don't have nearly as many issues.

In celebration of Jacob and his family.. and all those dealing with these heart issues join us on Saturday, May 18th.. for our special "Family Matters" coverage of the Treasure Valley heart walk.