J.T. Wood was just a few days old when he was rushed to Riley Hospital for his first of several heart surgeries.
His aortic stenosis means he may need future heart surgery, but the 17-year-old is now able to play soccer and shine in the spotlight on stage. The young actor recently brough smiles to Riley kids by making a visit as the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz - a character who, like J.T., reminds us that a kind heart is more valuable than a perfect one.
J.T. was honored by Riley Children's Foundation as a 2014 Riley Champion Presented by Kroger.