Healdsburg teen uncorks money for heart research

Colby Groom, 13, and his father, winemaker Daryl Groom, created a wine, Colby Red, to raise money for heart research. So far, they have raised $115,000 from sales of the wine, and have a goal of $150,000. Colby underwent two open heart surgeries before the age of 10 to correct a bicuspid aortic valve. CHRISTOPHER CHUNG/Press Democrat

There’s much about his two open-heart surgeries that Healdsburg 13-year-old Colby Groom doesn’t remember, and doesn’t care to.

The quick-to-laugh lad with large brown eyes does recall an incident that followed his first operation, an attempt to repair a congenitally faulty heart valve when he was 8.

“It hurt so much that I was yelling that the guy was killing me,” Colby exclaimed.

His dad, Australia-born winemaker Daryl Groom, remembers that painful moment, too, and many others. [More…]