2022 Columbus Congenital Heart Walk

Carter's Crew

Hello to all of our family, friends, and OSU coworkers! Thank you for visiting Carters page and considering joining us for the walk and/or raising funds for CHD research! 

Why give? Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defect in the nation, impacting ONE in every 110 babies each year. The Children’s Heart Foundation exists to make sure these babies - and everyone impacted by CHDs - live long and healthy lives. Because of research, today there is greater hope for babies born with, and adults living with, congenital heart defects.

Help us reach our fundraising goal by making a donation today. You can also become a member of our team and join us at the walk!

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 because of our own heart warrior. ​

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.

Together we can make a life-saving difference! Thank you in advance for your support! 

A little bit about Carter... 

Carter was diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot at 4 1/2 months old. He was battling several respiratory viruses at the time, which is what brought us to the hospital. After discovering his CHD, doctors decided it would be best to wait a couple months, let him get a little bit bigger, and then come back for a planned surgery. 

Carter ended up having his surgery sooner than they had hoped because his tet spells were getting worse. It got to the point where we would hold our breath when he needed a diaper change or to be repositioned. Even the small things would spiral out of control quickly. We were counting down the days and hours until he could have his surgery. 

I remember telling his surgeon that it was worse watching him have tet spells than it was waiting for him to come out of surgery. It seemed like multiple times a day we would have just about the whole unit in our room helping him out of one of his tet spells. When his surgery was finished, we felt a sigh of relief. We were glad his tet spells were over. We could finally enjoy our little boy again! 

Unfortunately, his six month follow up echo showed that he would need another open heart surgery at 13 months old. Even though he appeared happy and healthy, his heart was still struggling. 

Carter has been doing well at home after his second surgery and just recently graduated from physical therapy for a gross motor delay. He is now 16 months old and continues to show us he will do things on his own time and in his own way. What a stubborn little boy!
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