Hello Friends and Family!
As you may know, my son Ari was born July 16, 2013 as a healthy little newborn. We were not aware of Ari's condition until 10 days after birth when he stopped breathing. We came to Boston Children's Hospital 2 days later after being at both Brockton Hospital and Tufts Hospital. We were
scared, and had not yet accepted that our child was just born with a life-threatening Congenital Heart Defect. Ari was born with a severe coarctation of the aorta, a bicuspid aortic valve, and a growth on his mitral valve. He had open heart surgery at 13 days old and was hospitalized
for about a month total between the surgical hospitalization and two more hospitalizations for infections of the surgical site. Ari is now 4 years
old and doing amazing. He was just cleared for one year after his latest echocardiogram in December. We remain hopeful and optemistic that his surgical repairs have held up amazingly!
I want to thank those of you who walked with us last year in the Walk for Boston Children's Hospital and also to those who donated in Ari's honor to our walk. Team Ari the Brave was such a success four years ago and has evolved and grown into Team Mended Little Hearts of Boston. As some of you may know, almost four years ago I co-founded a local chapter of Mended Little Hearts with another local heart mom. We have grown into a wonderful organization and I am so proud to be a part of it. We provide support services, advocacy, education, and more to members of the local heart community. For more information, please see our website (www.boston.mendedlittlehearts.net).
Please consider joining us on our walk or helping support our fundraising efforts. If you are able to join us we greatly appreciate it! The walk this year is on Sunday June 10th at the Hatch Shell in Boston.
Thank you in advance for your generosity.
I'm fundraising on behalf of Boston Children's Hospital because:
I BELIEVE no parent should experience the loss of a child.
I BELIEVE no sibling should have to watch their brother or sister suffer.
I BELIEVE that by investing in the best doctors and scientists we can save lives - today!
I BELIEVE that donations received before today helped a child I love and
I BELIEVE that every dollar I raise for Boston Children's Hospital will have a ripple effect and could be THE dollar that changes everything for a future family in crisis.
Please consider a donation to support my fundraising efforts... because I KNOW that when we band together WE WILL help fund Boston Children's exceptional care and groundbreaking research that can help every child.