Lionheart Innovations Founder Hosts Courageous Kids Invitational

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Lionheart’s annual event features several track events for children with special needs

“The event has grown every year,” said Tammy. “Our goal is to eventually move it to other cities and partner with more universities.”

On a beautiful fall evening in Utah, gathered underneath the glow of stadium lights, hundreds of competitors jump, run, and throw their way through various events, all the while being cheered on by supportive spectators, family, and friends.

The Courageous Kids Invitational is an annual event put together by Tammy Bowers, CEO and founder of LionHeart Innovations. The event was held at the BYU Track and Field this past Wednesday, and featured several track and field events, including numerous races, long jump, discus, and javelin. The invitational, which draws competitors from all over the state, is put on every year for kids with chronic health conditions.

“The event has grown every year,” said Tammy. “Our goal is to eventually move it to other cities and partner with more universities.”

With the help of the BYU track and field team facilitating the events, the event was a spirited competition that was not only fun for the competitors and their families —it’s also helping raise awareness for people that have to live with these chronic illnesses. In fact, the founder’s idea for Courageous Kids and her own company came from a personal connection to the cause.

“Of all the events we put on as a track and field program, the Courageous Kids is my favorite,” said Ryan Waite, Director of Operations for the BYU track and field team. “It’s so special for our athletes to interact with these amazing children. We walk away feeling inspired to do more with the opportunities we’ve been given and to help spread happiness to other’s lives.”

Tammy founded Lionheart Innovations shortly after her son, Landen “Lion” Bowers was diagnosed with a rare heart disorder that required a heart transplant at only three months old. Since then, their lives have been structured around a rigorous schedule of medications and treatments. Wanting to have an easy way to keep track of Lion’s medical needs, she developed an app to better track all of that information.

Backed by Microsoft, Lionheart puts a patient’s details all into one place for ease of access. It lets caregivers know who administered what medication and at what time and, looking forward, will even be a tool to collaborate with a patient’s primary physician.

For more information about the Courageous Kids Invitational and Lionheart Innovations, visit https://www.lionheartinnovations.com/

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