2022 Dallas-Ft. Worth Congenital Heart Walk

Team Turner

Team Turner is raising critical funds for congenital heart defects (CHDs) in honor of our two heart warriors, Turner & Sterling Abel. CHDs are the most commonly occurring birth defect, affecting approximately 1 in 110 babies born - or a child born every 15 minutes. CHDs are the leading cause of birth-defect related death.​

CHD research has made a tremendous impact in reducing incidences and increasing survival, longevity, and quality of life. With survival and longevity increasing, we need even more research to help address lifelong challenges that CHD patients will face. Every dollar supporting The Children’s Heart Foundation helps to further their mission: to fund the most promising research to advance the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of congenital heart defects.

Please support research into the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of congenital heart defects by donating to Team Turner and the Children's Heart Foundation today!


Update from March 4, 2022

Wow! Nancy and I are blown away that we all were able to raise $12,000 for The Children's Heart Foundation in February! A truly heartfelt thank you to everyone who donated. We are so grateful for each and everyone one of you!

It is not hyperbole to say without incredible research into congenital heart defects (CHDs), Turner would not be alive today to celebrate his third birthday. Turner's CHD, hypoplastic left heart syndrome, is very rare and has a 0% survival rate without surgery. These surgeries were only developed in the 1970s and 80s, and new treatments and care regimens are still being introduced! Research has not only saved Turner's life, but have helped the 40,000+ babies that are born with CHDs every year.

From the entire Abel family: thank you for helping fund life-saving research!


Update from February 28, 2022

This February, we are working to raise $10,000 for congenital heart defect (CHD) research in honor of our son Turner's third birthday. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far - we sit at $6,000!

So here's the deal: if we can get to $8,000 by the end of this week, we will donate the final amount to get to $10,000! The money will go to The Children's Heart Foundation, the country's leading organization solely dedicated to funding CHD research.

As an example of the impact your donation can have, The Children's Heart Foundation funded ground-breaking research conducted by Cardiac Networks United. Researchers successfully lowered postoperative chest tube duration and length of stay in the hospital across 9 centers using collaborative learning methodology. This means children's chest tubes came out earlier, resulting in less pain and pediatric patients going home sooner.

So please consider donating to the Children's Heart Foundation this week! We look forward to celebrating $10,000 with you at the end of the week!


Update from February 24, 2022

Congenital Heart Defects are the most common birth defect and are the leading cause of infant death due to birth defects. Because of advancements made through research, death rates from CHDs in the U.S. have declined by 37% since 1999. Despite the high prevalence of CHDs, research into the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of CHDs is grossly under-funded.

In honor of our #heartwarrior Turner, we are working to raise $10,000 this February for The Children's Heart Foundation, and will match the largest donation this month! The Children's Heart Foundation is the leading national organization created to exclusively fund #CHD research. Please consider donating to support life-saving research today!


Update from February 17, 2022

Today is a BIG day! Today is a day that some parents never get to celebrate. Today is Turner's third birthday! Turner, like many children, was born with a severe congenital heart defect. This defect has required two open heart surgeries, countless echocardiograms, two heart catheter lab procedures, daily medications and more. But here is the deal...without RESEARCH, none of this would have been possible. Turner would have died shortly after birth if it had not been for RESEARCH. All month long, we are helping to raise much needed funds for research regarding the causes, treatments, outcomes and prevention of heart defects in children. Please join us by donating whatever you can. Every little bit helps kids like Turner have more happy and healthy birthdays. Thank you all so much for the love and support you have shown us! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TURNER! WE LOVE YOU!


Update from February 16, 2022

This month, Nancy and I are hoping to raise $10,000 for The Children's Heart Foundation. Since 1997, the Children's Heart Foundation has funded nearly $15 million of research into diagnosing, treating, and preventing congenital heart defects. This research has already improved survival rates, longevity, and quality of life for #chd patients. In the past two decades, death rates from congenital heart defects have dropped by 37%.

We are grateful to have raised over $3,000 so far, but we want to get to $10,000 by the end of the month. We will match the largest donation in February, so please consider donating to the Children's Heart Foundation today! Thank you!


Update from February 10, 2022

Our son, Turner, was born three years ago with a congenital heart defect and required two open-heart surgeries. He battled through a blood clot and a collapsed lung. He endured daily injections and a nasal feeding tube. BUT...we are the lucky ones! We left the hospital to enjoy our lives with Turner. Sadly, we met many families that aren't so lucky.

#CHDs impact 1 in 110 babies, but we know almost nothing about causes or prevention. You can help! Nancy and I are on a mission to raise $10,000 this February for The Children's Heart Foundation, who exists to fund life-saving CHD research.

Please consider donating to the The Children's Heart Foundation today, and please share this post with your network. We will match the largest Team Turner donation in February!


Update from February 1, 2022

As many of you know, our youngest son was born with a critical congenital heart defect (CHD), Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. His third birthday is in February, which also happens to be #heartmonth. We have made it a yearly tradition to raise money to benefit research into diagnosing, treating, and preventing CHDs. This year, we hope to raise $10,000 for the Children's Heart Foundation, the leading organization solely dedicated to funding CHD research.

40,000 babies are born each year with a CHD. While many CHDs are mild, some, like our son Turner's CHD, require immediate surgery to save the baby's life. Thanks to incredible doctors, nurses, and researchers, Turner is here to celebrate his third birthday!

We would be so thankful if you would consider donating to the Children's Heart Foundation. Plus, we will match the highest donation in February!

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