Hello,My name is Natalie Martell. I am a 14 year old student, currently attending 8th grade in New York City. I was born with HRHS which is also known as hypoplastic right heart syndrome. I was in the hospital for surgery every year from when I was 1 until the age of 3 when I had my hopefully final open heart surgery. Since then I have been living a so far healthy life. The main reason I became a member is because of two things. The first being the fact that I have participated in the rock your scar photo competition for the past 4 years. (and yes, I will be doing it again this year) I find it to be so empowering that such a big group of people with heart conditions like me, comes together every year to participate in this with one another. The other reason is because of school. I go to a Nursery though 8th grade school, so this being my last year we have this big project called capstone. Capstone is a project that happens in the spring where all the 8th graders have to think of something that is meaningful to them and give a presentation to the entire grade. To me, the one thing that has made the greatest impact on me, is organizations and foundations like this. So, I have decided that I want to be able to make an impact on the other mended heart members, and heart condition patients around me.