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Our daughter McKayla was diagnosed with CHD when I was 20 weeks pregnant. When the doctor looked at us and told us of her condition and how she would need heart surgery between 3-6 months old, our lives changed forever. She had a hole in her heart and only one valve pumping blood. She had her surgery at 6 months old and it was a success! Even though she may need future surgeries and needs to be monitored constantly, she is thriving and doing better than ever and will be 2 on October 15th of this year!! We did not know anything about CHD or how it affected so many children before we had McKayla. My husband and I want to give back and do something to turn what was the hardest time of our life into something positive and we want to help raise awareness.
We are walking on Sunday, September 30th 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.
Congenital Heart Defects (CHDs) are the # 1 birth defect worldwide. Nearly one of every 100 babies is born with a CHD. Congenital Heart Defects are the leading cause of all infant deaths in the United States. There are more than 40 types of congenital heart defects. Little is known about the cause of most of them, and there is no prevention or cure for any of them. As you can see, congenital heart defects are common and deadly, yet CHD research is grossly underfunded relative to the prevalence of the disease. With your help, we can help change these frightening statistics. Don't miss this opportunity to help us impact the CHD community to bring awareness to the #1 birth defect, and to fund groundbreaking research with the potential to save a life of a child. Together we can bring hope to families in times of despair and helplessness and work towards eradicating CHD!
We thank you for your ongoing support. We could not have made it this far without the support and comfort of our family and friends.