My name is Romero “RoRo” Martinez and I just turned 2 years old. I was born with HLHS (Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome), which means I’m missing the left side of my heart. I’ve had the first 2 stages of the 3 open heart surgeries so I can live with just half a heart.
I have a very special heart angel friend, Sierra Blanquie, who I am also doing this walk for. She was born the day after me with the same heart condition but went to heaven at only 3 months old. We love her big sister, Hannah, and parents so much. We all miss Sierra!
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!