Heart Walk Fundraiser for Team Yay Alyse
It's getting close to summer which means it's Heart Walk time.
As many of you know, Alyse was born with a congenital heart defect known as a Ventricular Septal Defect, (VSD). There was a large hole in the area between the lower chambers of the heart. After her battle with RSV, at 3 months old, Alyse had surgery to close the hole in her heart.
Alyse had a tough beginning of life. She spent the first 3 months of her life in and out of the hospital, and afterwards had to overcome a major obstacle of learning to eat again. She had a gastric tube, known as Mr Tubie, placed to help her receive the nutrition required for her development. She has a few scars from both surgeries that remind us of the battle she has endured! Today, Alyse is a thriving, energetic, funny, and happy little girl. She loves dogs (especially our Clyde and still talks about Tank), ballet, getting her nails painted, dancing and keeping up her brother and sister. Every time we drive on Lake Shore Drive past Lincoln Park zoo, the kids point out where the Heart Walk starts and they remind us to sign up again to support Alyse and other children who suffer from congenital heart disease.
* Congenital heart defects are America's and every country's #1 birth defect. Nearly one of every 100 babies is born with a CHD.
* Each year approximately 40,000 babies are born in the United States with a congenital heart defect.
Please consider making a tax deductible contribution to support The Children's Heart Foundation and the Adult Congenital Heart Association. All funds raised benefit CHD research and programs.
We will be walking on June 16th @ 10AM starting at the Grant Memorial near the Lincoln Park zoo.
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