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Scholarship recipient put her heart into it

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The Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation (CSF) and Southers family will present the first scholarship award of the Keegan Scot Southers Memorial Scholarship Fund at The Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in the C4 Heart Institute/Cardiology conference room Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 4:00 p.m.

The scholarship recipient, Hannah Kaltenbach, will receive a $3,000 scholarship to aid in her University of Cincinnati tuition, where she is pursuing a Public Relations degree. Speakers include Bruce Southers (Keegan's father) and doctors and nurses that were a part of Keegan's short life.

Hannah was diagnosed with Heterotaxy Syndrome, a congenital heart disease, when she was 15. She is from the Greater Cincinnati area and attended Clermont Northeastern High School. "Hannah and Keegan were diagnosed with the same, very rare condition. Even though she had to miss a lot of school due to stints in the hospital, she managed to keep her grades up and completed college coursework while still in high school. She has not allowed this condition to hold her back. What the board and I really appreciate about her is that she is a true fighter, yet still dealt with everything with a smile, just like Keegan," remarks Bruce Southers.

The Keegan Scot Southers Memorial Scholarship fund was created in memory of a brave child. Keegan was born July 8, 2009 with his twin, Wyatt. Keegan was a bouncing baby boy that loved to play and laugh with his family. The only thing that made Keegan different was that he was born with Heterotaxy Syndrome, Complete Heart Block and Tetralogy of Fallot.

Four days after he was born he received a pacemaker Eight months later, he was diagnosed with Cardiomyopathy and spent time in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Cincinnati Children's Heart Institute before being placed on the heart transplant list. Although he fought bravely, his little heart couldn't hold out, and he passed away on July 25, 2010.

"Keegan was a very special child. He lived every day to the fullest. We want to remember his strength and positive attitude during tough times by offering support to someone just as special as he was. Hannah is someone that has not let her medical hardships hold her back. We could not be more proud to offer Keegan's scholarship to Hannah," says Bruce Southers.

Board members of the Keegan Scot Southers Memorial Scholarship Fund, with the aid of the Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation, determined the amount and recipient of this year's scholarship. This fund is supported through Keegan's Spirit Walk that will take place September 10, 2011 at Woodland Mound Park off Kellogg Avenue. Registration is free and will begin at 10 a.m. Donations are not required but are appreciated. To be a part of the Spirit Walk, visit http://keegansouthers.org/KeeganSpiritWalk.aspx.

Sponsorships and in-kind donations are available please contact Bruce Southers for more information.

The Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation has been supporting students in their goals of going on to achieve a higher education for over 90 years. For more information on the Keegan Scot Southers Memorial Scholarship Fund, the Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation or how to create a scholarship fund, visit www.CincinnatiScholarshipFoundation.org or call 513.345.6701. To learn more about Keegan's brave story and the decision to create this memorial scholarship, visit www.KeeganSouthers.org.

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