PO Box 1214, Pearland, TX 77588 832-574-2626

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Kenna Mae

“Hey guys! My name is Kenna Mae Horton! I got diagnosed with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) in 2012. I was in third grade at the time. At that point my cardiologist was aware that I had the gene for HCM but I was still allowed to participate on my traveling basketball team. My family went to Mayo that next year and I got the news I wouldn’t be able to play anymore sports for most likely the rest of my life. My two brothers also got diagnosed around the time I did. This was a huge adjustment for my family, but luckily we got through the hardest part. We moved to Quanah in 2015 and that was the best decision we ever made. As soon as I got to Quanah I was welcomed with open arms and I got super involved in 4-H. At that time I showed livestock and did a couple of public speaking events. Now I am the President of our local club and I’m a district officer. I absolutely love 4-h and everything it stands for. Not being able to do sports was extremely hard going through elementary and junior high, but once I got involved in extracurricular activities like 4-H I finally felt like I was home. I’ve met so many friends through the 4-H organization and I’ve learned so much about myself through public speaking and leading others. We started getting involved at Texas Children’s Hospital a couple of years later and that’s when we met Corey. She wanted to get us all involved with Hunt with Heart immediately, but unfortunately they couldn’t find any other girls campers so my brothers went to that Spring camp. Two years passed and I had another opportunity to go to the Fall camp. I was extremely nervous going in but as soon as I was there I felt instantly relieved. Allison and the rest of the team work incredibly hard to make everyone feel at home and it paid off. The other campers and junior counselors at the camp made the experience that much more fun! I got really close to my junior counselor, Madeline Woodall, and the other girl camper, Broghan. Some of my favorite memories from camp are the late night talks I had with those girls. The second day I went on the big hunt. I was really nervous but my guide, Case, believed in me so much that I knew I would succeed.  Although my brothers got diagnosed with HCM along with me I continued to feel kind of lonely when it came to not being able to be “part of the team” and I felt like none of my friends really understood what I was going through. When I met friends through HWH it felt like I could talk to these people that have gone through a lot of the same things I have. I am so grateful for Hunt with Heart and all the opportunities it has given me. My memories from the Fall camp are unforgettable and I can’t wait to see all of my HWH fam again!!!” -Kenna Mae Horton

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