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June 8, 2013

Beverly coach Simpson to walk for Children's Hospital

Beverly High girls soccer coach Kristin Simpson gave birth to her son, Jordan, midway through the season last fall and was back on the field coaching less than a week later.

In March, Jordan was diagnosed with Pulmonary Valve Stenosis, a heart defect, and underwent open heart surgery at just six months old. Simpson was overwhelmed by the care of the doctors, nurses and support staff at Boston Children’s Hospital during the ordeal.

Tomorrow, Simpson will be participating in NSTAR’s Walk for Boston Children’s Hospital.

About a month after the surgery, Simpson saw a commercial for the walk and thought it would be a great way to give back after all they did for Jordan.

“The care he received while he was there just opened my eyes to what a great children’s hospital this is. It was shocking how many sick kids there are, but it’s good to know that they’re receiving the best care around,” said Simpson. “I think we all take for granted sometimes that our kids are healthy, but now experiencing an illness like this with your child really opens your eyes to just how many kids aren’t that fortunate.”

Simpson, along with other family and friends, are walking for ‘Team Jordan.’ So far they’ve raised a little over $5,000, and are hoping to raise more. The money raised goes to Boston Children’s Hospital for all of the specialized care, as well as for research and surgeries that could help save other kids lives in the future.

Nearly three months removed from surgery, Jordan is doing much better and on his way to a full recovery.

“He’s gained a lot of weight and has a lot more energy now,” said Simpson. “He’s starting to crawl a bit and just loves being active, (which is) such a change from a few months ago.

“All signs are pointing to a successful surgery, and hopefully he won’t need anything more than his checkups. But I know if he did need anything more, he would be in the best hands at Boston Children’s.”

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If you’d like to donate to help ‘Team Jordan’ reach its goal, go to http://howtohelp.childrenshospital.org/walk/page/Kristin-Simpson.htm.

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