Hershey Congenital Heart Walk

Team Rayna

We are Team Rayna!  It's been a 7 years since our last Heart Walk in Las Vegas.  We're back!


Rayna was born with a patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) that didn't close at birth.  In easy terms, the hole between her heart and lungs did not close properly.  She also has a mild pulmonary stenosis, a smaller heart valve, that requires nothing more than periodic monitoring.  She is truly blessed with both conditions.  At two years old, she had her PDA surgically plugged.  If we had this done when she was born, it would have been open heart surgery and 10 days in NICU.  Within those two years, medical progress made it a half day outpatient procedure!!  


Our team is raising critical funds for congenital heart defects! Congenital heart defects are the most commonly occurring birth defect, affecting approximately 1 in 110 babies born, or a child born every 15 minutes. Congenital heart defects are the leading cause of birth-defect related mortality.

Funded research is making a very big difference in the lives of CHD patients, helping to reduce incidences and increase survival, longevity and quality of life. Research has made a very big impact, and with survival and longevity increasing, even more research is needed to help address lifelong challenges that CHD patients will face. Every dollar in support of The Children’s Heart Foundation helps to further their mission: to fund the most promising research to advance the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of congenital heart defects.

Please support our team, join us for the Congenital Heart Walk, or both!

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