For children born with a heart disease, simple things like playing basketball or football could be dangerous, even deadly.
A local teen dealing with that health problem is now using his story to inspire others to donate to the hospital that saved his life.
Jullie Passos was just eight weeks away from giving birth to her son when she got the devastating news.
"That's when I found out he'd be born with a whole in his heart, possibly two or possibly half a heart," said Jullie.
That terrifying diagnosis proved to be true. Little Keegan was born with an incomplete heart at Kapiolani Medical Center.
Keegan's been living with complications ever since. Now, he's 16 years old.
"I have tetralogy of fallot and pulmonary atresia. I have tourettes, seizures and ADHD," said Keegan.
His childhood was much different from others with 20 surgeries, three open heart procedures and a pacemaker he received at age 5.
"It was a challenge because I never got to keep up with my friends and never got to meet with them," said Keegan.
Despite his pain, he's using this experience to raise money for the programs that helped him heal.
For the eighth year in a row the Children's Miracle Network teamed up with Kapiolani Medical Center to raise money for things like a playroom, a feature Keegan's family appreciates.
"Yes you have come in. Yes you have to get poked. Yes you have to have pain, but he always looked forward to the playroom," said Jullie
Keegan's proud to be a part of Kapiolani Medical Center Radiothon. Over the years, the radiothon has raised $810,000.
"Every penny counts because without donations none of us would be here," said Keegan.
Keegan's recovery is ongoing. In the future he may need a heart replacement surgery.
For now he says he'll continue to keep positive and use his experience to raise the funds needed for programs that get him through the hard times.
In November Keegan will be representing Hawaii in the annual Children's Miracle Network trip to Disneyworld and Washington D.C.