Pittsburgh Congenital Heart Walk

Our Oliver after each of his 3 surgeries and now :)
Our Oliver after each of his 3 surgeries and now :)

Team Oliver

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.

Our Story:

In 2016 our son Oliver was born with multiple CHD’s. He is considered to be a ‘critical’ case. Our little Oliver was 10 days old when he had his first open-heart surgery. He had his second at 4 months old and his third in 2018 when he was 2 ½. If Oliver had been born 30 years ago he, more than likely, wouldn’t be with us today. Because of vital CHD research like that funded by The Children’s Heart Foundation, our spunky little 3 ½-year-old is not only with us but he is doing amazingly well with his new anatomy. Unfortunately, individuals that have gone through the surgeries that Oliver has gone through typically face multiple organ failures by the time they reach adulthood. Right now, with how things stand, this is what we are prepared for at some point in Oliver’s life. The research that is funded by The Children’s Heart Foundation could give Oliver a chance at living a longer and more normal life.

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

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