Kent School Queen of the Kentuckiana Heart Walk

picture of Violet Ehringer, Queen of the Kentuckiana Heart Walk.

Erica Osborne and her daughter Violet Ehringer, right, will be front and center at the Kentuckiana Heart Walk. Violet will be crowned Queen of this year's event. Her mom works for the Kent School of Social Work. Pictured with them is Kelli Stanifield with Heart King, Ezra Stanifield.

Kentuckiana Heart Walk. Violet will be crowned Queen of this year's event. Her mom works for the Kent School of Social Work. Pictured with them is Kelli Stanifield with Heart King, Ezra Stanifield.

The UofL community has been working for months to raise money for the Kentuckiana Heart Walk, an annual event sponsored by the American Heart Association to raise funds for research, education and advocacy for heart disease and stroke.

But for one employee the effort hits closer to home.

Violet Ehringer, daughter of Erica Osborne, program manager at UofL’s Kent School of Social Work and a UofL alum, has struggled with a rare congenital heart defect since birth.

 This year, Violet will be crowned as Queen of the 2017 Kentuckiana Heart Walk, held Sept. 23 at Waterfront Park.