Thank you for taking the time to visit our teams fundraising page!
We are walking on Sunday, October 1st to support the effort of the Congenital Heart Defect Coalition and their quest to help those affected by CHD. We would love for you to walk besides us and/or consider making a donation (no amount is too small) to support our efforts. We hope that these efforts will help provide treatment and find a cure for CHD.
On September 9, 2015 we welcomed our son Matthew Daniel Luteran into this exciting world. However, our bluish toned baby boy started his amazing life much differently than his older brother. He was 1 of 3,300 babies born every year with a critical heart defect called d-TGA (Transposition of the Great Arteries). This life-threatening condition requires corrective surgery within an infant’s first days of life to re-establish normal anatomy by switching the Pulmonary artery and the Aorta to the correct chambers of the heart. Our little heart warrior was born at NY Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, where he would have his surgery performed by cardio-thoracic surgeon Dr. Jan Quaegebeur and cared for by the amazing team there. We were able to bring him home after only 13 days and he is considered "repaired" with lifelong monitoring. However, this single surgery and short stay in the NICU is not one all families are as fortunate to have.
Matthew will turn 2 years old this fall, and unless you knew his story, you would think he was born a perfectly normal baby boy. He has a passion for Elmo, animals, and anything that looks like a ball. He loves to follow around his older brother Michael and tries to copy anything he is does…good or bad. I would be naive to think that if there weren’t parents/families/friends before us fundraising for research, Matthew likely would not be alive with the same quality of life today and we feel it’s our turn to improve the lives of those living with CHD and those that are yet to come.
Please join us by walking with Matthew's Crew, donate to our cause, or simply learn about congenital heart defects that affect nearly 40,000 babies and their families every year. Thank you again for all of your support.