Lubbock Heart Walk: A chance to honor loved ones

Reported by: Nicole Garza
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Updated: 10/11/2013 4:05 pm
It is one thing to show support for big causes like the Lubbock Heart Walk October 19. But it takes passion to promote it, form a team, and go above and beyond fundraising.

It didn't take much for Bailey Davenport, a Coronado High School student, to form a bond with Kaitlyn Stinebaugh.

"Heart patients, when you meet another heart patient, you just click," Kaitlyn said. "Because you understand each other."

Though Bailey was a few years older than Kaitlyn, the two were introduced by their doctor.

"I knew instantly we'd be best friends," Kaitlyn said.

Because Kaitlyn's condition required long stays in the hospital and surgery, Bailey visited often. They shared joyful memories. But one stands above the rest.

"She's very mischevious, the nurses would give her a syringe and fill it with cold water," Bailey explained. "I turned a corner and she shot me with cold water."

It was Bailey's 16th birthday.

"That was the last time I saw her before she passed away."

Bailey is now using her love for Kaitlyn to lead a team in this year's Lubbock Heart Walk. She's found a support system in the school's newspaper staff. Cheyenne Ewing helped write an article on Bailey's behalf.

"It was difficult at times because it's a saddening story, but it's so full of love," Cheyenne said. "It makes you appreciate the things you have when you write something like that for another person."

Teacher Russell Hill has been a part of Coronado's Heart Walk team for years. He decided to combine forces with Bailey, forming KK's Team.

"Probably in December of last year is when she started talking about the Heart Walk next year and what we could do," Mr. Hill said. "So we've been working towards that goal all along."

Bailey says the support the newspaper staff has provided has been remarkable.

"Handing me money for shirts, they wear their shirts. They care, they support me, and they really want to help me," Bailey said.

To learn more/register for the Lubbock Heart Walk, click here.
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