Ashlyn Duy. (Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Lenart.)

After life-saving heart surgery, a former Children’s Medical Center patient and Bishop Lynch student will be recognized as an outstanding youth philanthropist for donating more than $30,000 to the hospital.

Ashlyn Duy has raised $31,170 since first playing in the Red Ballon Children Helping Children Tennis Tournament as a freshman at Bishop Lynch. Just months before, he had received life-saving heart surgery at Children’s for tachycardia, an abnormally high heartbeat.

After his surgery, he hoped to help other children by playing in four tennis tournaments — quadrupling his fundraising results between his freshman and senior years — and mentoring youth tennis players on the autism spectrum.

“Ashlyn’s enthusiasm and creativity have been evident from the start of his involvement with the tennis tournament,” said Brent Christopher, president of Children’s Medical Center Foundation. “He draws deeply from his own connection to Children’s and inspires everyone around him. He embodies the generous spirit of our community — demonstrating that the desire to give back is infectious.”

Duy — who was a member of the tennis and swim teams at Bishop Lynch, as well as a National Merit Commended Scholar — will be honored Nov. 8 on Dallas’ National Philanthropy Day. The University of Colorado freshman will join other volunteers, funders and community members at an annual luncheon organized by the Greater Dallas Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals.

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