Atlanta Congenital Heart Walk

Samantha's Miracle Walk

 

Samantha's Miracle Walk

 

 

About Samantha: 

 

Samantha was born on November 14, 1993.  On November 15, 1993, Samantha was diagnosed with Aortic Stenosis - Aortic Stenosis is a Congenital Heart Defect, which occurs when there is narrowing of the large blood vessel branching off the heart - in this case, my Stenosis was occuring in my Aortic Valve. On November 18, 1993 - at just 4 days old, Doctors at Children's Hospital of Atlanta tried (unsucessfully) to perform  a Balloon Dilitation, to try and open the valve up, and prevent further medical intervention.  Due to this procedure not working, on November 19, 1993 at 5 days old, Samantha underwent a full Open Heart Surgery.  Today, Samantha is 26, and has not had to have another procedure.  Samantha will have to have an additional procedure done some time in the near future, as the Valve and Heart itself are working too hard.  It is VERY uncommon for children with a Congenital Heart Defect to only have one procedure during their childhood - many have to have several procedures. 

These procedures are not possible without fundraising for new reseach and technological advances. Did you know, Congenital Heart Defects are the number one childhood killer? Did you know that ONE in 100 babies is born with a CHD? Please consider donating to give kids a fighting chance. Thank you. 

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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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