Brandon Reddick knew he was different from most other 4-year-olds.
The scar on his chest provided visual evidence.
"I don't have any memory of the heart [surgery], but I do remember being young, seeing that scar and knowing I had gone through something when I was much smaller," said Reddick, now 18. "I didn't really get it at that age, but I understood I had complications other kids didn't have, especially kids who competed in sports."
The former Boone football and track athlete was born with two holes in his heart and had surgery to close them when he was three months old. Doctors could not guarantee he would be able to play sports.