In February we celebrate American Heart Month, and will celebrate the 1st birthday of our son, Turner. Turner was born with a critical congenital heart defect (CHD) called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. Left untreated, Turner would have died within days or weeks. But thanks to decades of research into CHD detection and prevention, he is thriving today!
We are raising funds for CHD research through the Congenital Heart Walk in Arlington on April 19th. Every dollar raised for the Congenital Heart Walk will go to The Children’s Heart Foundation, the only organization solely dedicated to fund the most promising research to advance the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of CHDs.
CHDs are the most commonly occurring birth defect, affecting approximately 1 in 110 babies born, or a child born every 15 minutes, and are the leading cause of birth-defect related deaths. However, in the past two decades CHD research has resulted in a 37% decrease in death rates from CHDs. With survival and longevity increasing, even more research is needed to help address lifelong challenges that CHD patients will face.
Thank you to all of our family, friends, and colleagues for your incredible support.
-Nancy, Kyle, Sterling, and Baby Turner