MLB Star Aaron Boone Featured on 'Sharing Miracles'

Jan 21, 2010, 10:39 ET from Sharing Miracles

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Sun-Herald recently noted that Major League Baseball star Aaron Boone is featured during the month of January on 'Sharing Miracles' – a 30-minute public affairs television program that tells the compelling and inspirational stories of real patients.

Sharing Miracles airs every week on more than 300 television stations nationwide. It is sponsored by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).

Aaron Boone is best known for an eleventh-inning, game-winning home run in the seventh game of the 2003 American League Championship Series, where he clinched the series for the New York Yankees over the Boston Red Sox.

However, Boone says the at-bat most meaningful to him is one that almost never happened - his first time at home plate following open-heart surgery.

While in college, Boone had been diagnosed with a bicuspid aortic valve, a congenital heart defect that required yearly check-ups, but no treatment. But in March 2009 Boone was told he needed open-heart surgery to correct his defect.

After successfully undergoing the procedure, Boone focused on his recovery and rehabilitation. That September - just seven months after being told that he needed open-heart surgery to live - Boone accomplished the unlikely and returned to baseball, playing first base for the Houston Astros in a game against the Chicago Cubs at historic Wrigley Field.

In this month's episode of Sharing Miracles, Boone explains what his experience taught him: "When it comes to dealing with an illness or a medical condition, you have to persevere ... That fight makes you stronger," Boone says.

To find the broadcast show listing for your area, or to watch the episode at any time online, visit the Sharing Miracles website.

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