Gemma & Co.
Our team is raising funds for congenital heart defect research - please join us!
Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defect in the nation, impacting ONE in every 110 babies each year. The Children’s Heart Foundation exists to make sure these babies - and everyone impacted by CHDs - live long and healthy lives. Because of research, today there is greater hope for babies born with, and adults living with, congenital heart defects.
Gemma was diagnosed with a Hypoplastic Right Ventricle/Double Inlet Left Ventricle at 20 weeks in utero. At 9 months old she underwent her first open heart surgery, the Glenn, and one month later she had another surgery to remove a pseudoaneurysm. In July 2022 she had her third operation, the Fontan. Within her hospital stay she also received a pacemaker (which is now just a backup). Gemma will most likely undergo additional heart surgeries in the future, so it is extremely important to us to fund research to help improve treatment for CHDs.
Single ventricle defects are rare and one of the most complex heart problems. Forty years ago, children with single ventricle heart defects didn’t survive past infancy. Today, because of advances in surgery and medicine there are now thousands of people in their 20s and 30s with Fontan circulation. Raising funds for CHF can advance treatment to improve the quality of life and expectancy for Gemma and all others with CHDs.
Help us reach our fundraising goal by making a donation today. You can also become a member of our team and join us at the walk!
Thank you in advance for your support!