Tuesday, February 2, 2016

BAV Awareness and Benefit Concert, February 27th

Wesley and Heidi Ridenour with their daughter Lochlynn and son Lincoln.
Lincoln's doctor heard a faint murmur at his 3 month checkup,
 leading to the discovery of his BAV.
In the United States, a child with a bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) is born every 7 minutes. Wesley and Heidi Ridenour's two year old son, Lincoln, is one of them. His BAV was discovered when Lincoln's pediatrician heard a faint murmur at his 3 month appointment and sent him for an ultrasound of the heart (called an echocardiogram). This test revealed the aortic valve had only two cusps or leaflets. (Normal aortic valves have three.) Wesley and Heidi are so thankful Lincoln is doing well. He will have his yearly screening again in February.

 On February 27th  at 7:00 pm, Wesley and Heidi will be giving a Benefit Concert at Little Sandy Church of the Nazarene in Bruceton Mills, WV. The talented concert pianist Tatyana Titova Heis will be accompanying, and she will also be playing a few pieces! Wesley will play classical, contemporary, jazz, and electric guitar, and Heidi will be singing.  Kate Heaney will also join Heidi for a duet.

Wesley and Heidi Ridenour are local musicians and teachers in their community. Wesley teaches K-8 at Bruceton School as well as private guitar lessons. Heidi teaches private voice and piano lessons and serves as the Pastor's Associate of Worship at Little Sandy Church of the Nazarene. They love spending time with their two children Lochlynn and Lincoln. They both have Music Education Degrees from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in OH. Wesley earned his Masters in Guitar performance from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Heidi earned her Masters in Music Education and Kodaly Certificate from Capital Conservatory of Music in Columbus OH.   

We hope that those reading this in the Bruceton Mills area will come out and enjoy an evening featuring a wide variety of music, learn about BAV, and support a worthy cause. Donations will be accepted at the door to benefit  the Bicuspid Aortic Foundation. 

Thank you, Wesley and Heidi,
for raising awareness of BAV,
supporting our mission,
 and helping us
Create a Climate of Hope.

- Arlys Velebir
                         Bicuspid Aortic Foundation

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