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.
As many of you know, our girl Hadley Lou was born with a congenital heart defect that went undiagnosed for the first two weeks of her life. After going into cardiac arrest at the Zoo at just 13 days old, Hadley received life saving CPR from our heros, James and Carolynn. Upon her arrival at St. Luke's emergency room the amazing doctor's discovered Hadley had coarctation of the aorta.
Thanks to all the advances in the medical field they were able to give her medication to temporarily open her heart valve so her tiny organs had time to recover before surgery. Just a few days later she received open heart surgery that fixed her coarctation. We had it easy compared to many families we met while at the hospital. While Hadley just had to have just one surgery, many spent the majority of their first year of life at the hospital through multiple procedures and recoveries.
Without advances in this field we wouldn't have our sweet Hadley Lou. We feel a strong responsibility to advocate for the all the babies yet to be born, and those already struggling through life with CHD, so they too have the opportunities our family now has thanks to the advances in this field. We hope you will join us on our quest to raise money for CHD research. It is critically important to all Heart Warriors and Heart Angels, and personally very meaningful to us.
Please help us to fund CHD research by making a donation to our personal fundraising page, joining our team, or sharing with your community. Together we can make a life-saving difference!
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!