Join me in supporting congenital heart defect research!
Hi friends & family, the amazing people that help make our lives so wonderful :)
Please help us raise funds for congenital heart defect (CHD) research this May! We are walking, and raising money for this special cause as it means so much to our family!
Our beautiful, witty Audrey was born March 7, 2016. At her 1 month pediatrician appointment, a heart murmur was detected, and we were sent to see a cardiologist in Boston. After listening to Audrey's heart with a stethoscope, the cardiologist told the resident she needed to take a listen, and I knew something was not quite right with our sweet 6 week old girl. After the first of many echocardiograms, we were told she had a moderate to large size VSD (ventricular septal defect) and there was a high probability she would require open heart surgery in the coming weeks. I was sent home with a list of symptoms to watch for, and to return in 4 weeks for another echo. Month after month we returned for exams, and thankfully that hole started to close up all on its own. Our girl was thriving and we felt grateful every day she didn't require any intervention. At 3.5 years old, her echocardiogram came back perfect, and we were discharged from cardiology!
Last month on "wear red to school day" to support the American Heart Association, I told Audrey she should tell her teacher about her heart. Later that night when I asked her what she might say, she responded, "that I was born with a hole in my heart but mommy and daddy filled it up with their love."
We have educated Audrey on her experience, and how things could have been much more difficult, and that we want to help raise awareness and funds to help research for other babies, children, and adults with heart defects. By donating to help us reach our fundraising goal, you’re helping to fund the most promising research into CHDs - America’s most common birth defect.
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