Annette's Heart Army
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.
Annette has Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS), which is a severe congenital heart defect in which the left side of her heart is underdeveloped. Annette is doing well and has completed 2 of the 3 required reconstructive open heart surgeries to live with HLHS. She is expected to have her 3rd surgery sometime between ages 2-5. She will require life long cardiac care and we are very thankful for her team at CHOP. She is 19 months old and loves playing with her brother James, bubbles, and going to the beach.
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.
We are looking forward to having you join us at the Heart Walk at the Philadelphia Zoo this year.