Welcome to Team Stranz!
Thank you for visiting our fundraising page for the Congenital Heart Walk. Raising funds for CHD research is critically important to all Heart Warriors and Heart Angels, and personally very meaningful to us.
Our son, Jack, was born with three congenital heart defects; coarctation of the aorta, bicuspid aortic valve and an abnormal mitral valve. Immediately after birth, Jack was taken to St. Louis Children’s Hospital where he was monitored by his team of cardiologists. The goal was to determine when Jack should have surgery to repair his coarctation. After a week of monitoring, we took Jack home under close observation with weekly pediatrician and cardiology check ups and a goal of gaining weight. At 5 weeks old, it was determined that Jack was ready (aka gained enough weight) for surgery. Surgery was successful and Jack was able to stop his blood pressure medicine 1 month post surgery.
As for the latest update on Jack, he is thriving! While he may be the smallest among his friends, he is a typical dinosaur and ice cream loving, 4 year old full of energy. For this, we are beyond grateful. We see the cardiologist again in May 2023 and are hopeful there will be no changes.
We know that at some point in Jack's life it is likely that he will require intervention to address his other heart defects. Each year, we raise funds for research and hope it leads to less invasive procedures for someone like Jack and a cure for those yet to be born with CHD.
We truly appreciate your support!
Matt, Kelly, Jack & Ryan
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