Join me in supporting congenital heart defect research!
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 me and my family.
Luke was born with a CHD called Complete Atrioventricular Canal Defect or AV Canal. The middle of his heart did not form correctly so he had a large ASD (atrial septal defect), VSD (ventricular septal defect), and one common valve instead of two valves. This meant that oxygenated and deoxygenated blood mixed and his heart had to work so much harder just to pump blood to his body.
For 4 long months, we went to doctors appointments, weight checks, and cardiology appointments to give Luke some time to gain weight to go into surgery. We watched as he struggled to breathe and eat at the same time which meant very poor weight gain. He had gained only 3 pounds in the 4 months leading to surgery.
In September 2021, Luke was scheduled for his open heart surgery and absolutely kicked ass at his recovery. He was out of the hospital just 6 days later! Thankfully, he is doing SO well but we know that not everyone has the same experience we have.
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.
Together we can make a life-saving difference! Thank you in advance for your support.
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