Welcome to Team Watson
Raising funds for congenital heart defect (CHD) research is not only critically important to all babies born with, and children and adults living with CHDs, it is also personally meaningful to us.
Our son Watson was born with a rare series of congenital heart defects, which require multiple open heart surgeries in his early childhood. His diagnosis is Double Inlet Left Ventricle (DILV), meaning he has a single ventricle heart. We were diagnosed with his condition at about 24 weeks in utero and our world has never been the same. Thankfully right now, Watson is thriving and doing wonderful. You would never look at him and be able to tell all the complex things going on in his little heart. Watson had his first open heart surgery at almost six months old, and will be having another when he is somewhere between the ages of three and five.
Without these surgeries, we would not have Watson with us here today. We are very thankful for the advancement so far in the world of congenital heart defects. These surgeries may be life saving for Watson and children like him, but they are not a cure, only a palliative care option. It's likely that after Watsons last planned open heart surgery, he will need more interventions throughout his life, possibly even a heart transplant. It is scary to think what the future may hold for our Watson, but because of the research being done today, we are incredibly optimistic. We are hopeful each day that he will live a long, happy, and healthy life.
By Donating to help me reach my fundraising goal, you’re helping to fund the most promising research into CHDs - America’s most common birth defect. No donation is too small. Any donation amount helps fund the most critical research that can lead to advancements in CHD treatment. We would love to have all of you join us on October 30th in St Louis to walk for Watson and all other heart warriors and heart angels.
Together we can make a life-saving difference! Thank you in advance for your support.
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