Camille Kerlin is planning a tennis event June 20 at the Warsaw Community High School tennis courts to benefit Riley Hospital For Children and the Kosciusko County Riley Kids Fund.
The fundraiser is titled “Racquets For Riley.”
Kerlin has been a Riley kid since she was born. She was born prematurely at 29 weeks gestation, which is 2-1/2 months early, and weighed just over 2 pounds. At birth, she was diagnosed with transposition of the great vessels of the heart, double outlet right ventricle and a hole between her ventricles.
Her first cardiac surgery was on the day she was born, followed by a second one when she was 6. She had three open heart surgeries at ages 2, 7 and 14. All of these have been done at Riley and there will be more in the future.
In addition to her surgeries, she also has been diagnosed and treated twice with bacterial endocarditis, which is a serious infection of the heart. She had to be admitted for the condition, the second time having blood clots in her heart and lungs.
She was able to return in time to play part of her sophomore tennis season at WCHS in 2013.
(Story By The Times Union)