Posted: Saturday, August 18, 2012 --- 4:40p.m.
Two boys, not related, but connected by a rare heart condition and their drive to survive. Hunter Peters and Zach Tomomitsu were born with half a heart. That left their parents scared and with no idea what to do. They had no idea children could be affected by such a heart condition. There was also a chance they wouldn't survive.
Both boys underwent numerous procedures, including open heart surgery. They are now thriving. Although they'll never be the star of the football team, they are able to water ski on the Minneiska Water Ski Team in Whitewater. The boys enjoy spending hours practicing their tricks.
Hunter and Zach do get cold easier and have some endurance issues, but otherwise, they're just like any other kid.
Saturday, a special water ski show "Heart Heroes" is being held to raise money for the American Heart Association. It's at 7p.m. at Scenic Ridge Campground in Whitewater.