Heart Health

Brayleigh was born with 12 different heart defects and had to have two open heart surgeries in her first three months of life. After receiving a heart transplant at 18 months, Brayleigh, now 4, is more than active than ever.

With the help of Mercedes-Benz, Breyleigh and her mother are educating people about heart disease and giving back to the community.

“It’s a really good thing to do,” Kelcey Johnson, Breyleigh’s mother, said. “I think everybody should be aware of her disease and everybody should do their best to try and prevent heart disease and everybody needs to just live healthier.”

Mercedes-Benz is promoting the Johnson family’s mission to encourage better heart health by sponsoring the Tuscaloosa Heart Walk. The walk will take place on March 7, starting at 8 a.m. at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. It is free to attend. The automotive company is collecting athletic equipment to promote heart health for children leading up to the event.

General manager Daniel Strong said it’s important for everyone to come out and support heart health.

“Being aware is the most thing of our heart health and being apart of Move with Mercedes-Benz and the heart walk,” he said. “It’s very important, not only to me but to all of our employees of Mercedes-Benz of Tuscaloosa as well as our local community.”

Interested participants can help Breyleigh and her mom by bringing donations to the Mercedes-Benz dealership and the Tuscaloosa Heart Walk on March 7. All donations will benefit the RISE program.

For more information on how to participate or donate, visit

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