Hello Friends and Family!
As you may know, my grandson 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. He was sent to Boston Children's Hospital 2 days later after being at both Brockton Hospital and Tufts Hospital. The whole family was scared, and had not yet accepted that our grandson 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 donated last year to my Walk for Boston Children's Hospital in Ari's honor. Team Ari the Brave was such a success five years ago and has evolved and grown into Team Mended Little Hearts of Boston. As some of you may know, almost four years ago our daughter Heidi co-founded a local chapter of Mended Little Hearts with another local heart mom. I had the honor to serve as their treasurer until recently. They have grown into a wonderful organization and I am so proud to have been a part of it. They provide support services, advocacy, education, and more to members of the local heart community. For more information, please see their website:(www.boston.mendedlittlehearts.net).
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.