2021 New York City Congenital Heart Walk

Aurelio the Lionheart
Aurelio the Lionheart

Aurelio the Lionheart

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.

Our son Aurelio was diagnosed in utero at 20w with Congenital Heart Defects. His particular complex CHD consists of dextro-Transposition of the Great Arteries (d-TGA), Interrupted Aortic Arch Type-A (IAA), Aortic Stenosis, a large Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) and Atrial Septal Defect (ASD). Aurelio’s condition required him to undergo open heart surgery at 6 days old, where he received his arterial switch operation, correction of his IAA and closure and partial closure of his VSD and ASD. Aurelio’s defects are just 5 out of the known 40 CHDs.


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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