Welcome to MJ's Personal Page
Hello, my name is Morrell "MJ" Jones. I am 5 years old. Thank you for visiting my Congenital Heart Walk personal fundraising page. This is my fourth year participating in the congenital heart walk. Did you know that nearly twice as many children die from Congenital Heart Defects in the United States each year as from all forms of childhood cancers combined, yet funding for pediatric cancer research is five times higher than funding for CHDs. I chose to raise money for the Congenital Heart Walk so more research can be done to find a cure for CHD. At two days old I was diagnosed with a complexed CHD (congenital heart defect) called Interrupted Aortic Arch type B with VSD. Interrupted aortic arch is a very rare heart defect (affecting 3 per million live births) in which the aorta is not completely developed. There is the absence or discontinuation of a portion of the aortic arch. The aorta is the main blood vessel that carries oxygen-rich blood away from the heart to the organs of the body. With a portion of the aortic arch missing, there is no direct way for blood leaving the heart to reach the rest of the body. Prior to birth a small blood vessel called patent ductus arteriosus permits blood to bypass the baby's fluid filled lungs. One or two days after birth, this vessel usually closes on its own. In a baby with interrupted aortic arch, if the duct closes, blood can no longer reach the lower body. I have had two open heart surgeries and a host of other surgeries and procedures secondary to my CHD. Since my last heart walk I have had my trach removed. I am an extraordinary, resilient, active 5 year old little boy that continues to beat the odds. Thank you for helping me on my journey to help fight CHD. AWARENESS = FUNDING = RESEARCH = A CURE!
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