7-year-old Nicholasville boy fighting for his life can’t make it to Keeneland’s heart disease awareness day

Wednesday is Wear Red Day at Keeneland to raise awareness of heart disease
Finn Collier

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Wednesday is Wear Red Day at Keeneland encouraging everyone to raise awareness of heart disease in the commonwealth. Missing in that crowd will be the Collier family and 7-year-old Finn Collier.

Finn is the son of John and Tricia Collier, grandson of Jessamine County Clerk Johnny Collier, and the brother of Caroline, Catherine, John Will and Patrick.

Finn was born with congenital heart disease, the most common type of birth defect, affecting nearly one in 100 newborns.

At five-days-old Finn had his first surgery to fix the very large hole in his heart and began his fight against a disease that currently has no cure. Wednesday, Finn was in ICU fighting for his life after going into cardiac arrest.

Finn is a big fan of Keeneland and as an ambassador of the American Heart Association, was supposed to be honored Wednesday at the races.

“Finn has lived a life that has left a mark on many people,” said Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. “During this very critical time, we honor Finn and lift his family up in our thoughts and prayers. The commonwealth stands with the Collier Family.”

Fans at Keeneland Wednesday will honor Finn in a moment of silence. Secretary Grimes urges everyone across the commonwealth to lift up Finn Collier in your prayers as he fights for his life.

To learn more about congenital heart disease visit the American Heart Association at heart.org.