Team ANNAtude-fighting CHD one beat at a time.
A note from Annabel:
My name is Annabel. I am almost 5 years old and was born with multiple heart defects. I love life, my mammy and daddy ,my twin sister Abbigael and my doggy keller and the many family and friends I have had 9 surgeries to date . 5 of those open heart surgeries.
Please help me raise awareness and funds for the Children's Heart Foundation (CHF) and the Adult Congenital Heart Association so kids and adults like me who are born with congential heart defects can live full and happy lives.
Your gift is 100% tax deductible.
thanks so much.
Friends and Family,
It’s that time of year again, the annual New York City Congenital Heart Walk which raises vital funds for the Children’s Heart foundation (CHF) and the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA). This will be our 4th year walking.
As most of you know our little daughter Annabel was born with a very serious heart defect called tricuspid atresia with multiple heart defects that go along with that called atrial septal defect, ventricular septal defect and pulmonary atresia.
She had a very tough start to life and spent the first 10 months of her life in the Neonatal intensive care unit and the Pediatric intensive care unit of New York Presbyterian Hospital on 68th street in New York city. She had 4 open heart surgeries before she was 9 months old, and survived more complications and setbacks than you could imagine.
Just over a year ago Annabel had her 5th open heart surgery at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital New York City. She did amazing and we are so proud of her. She is now a single ventricle heart patient. The left side of her heart does the work for both sides and the right side is redundant. Last week she started Kindergarten. She was so excited she ran into the school.
If you have been lucky enough to meet Annabel or many of the other heart warriors you will know how special these kids are. They have a lust for life and seem to be that little bit happier than the average kid. They deserve every chance at life.
The only way we can ensure that Annabel and all kids born with CHD’s have the best chance at life is by raising money for research into Congenital heart disease. Every year millions of research goes unfunded because there just isn’t enough money to pay for the research.
RESEARCH is the way forward. We want Annabel to live a long and happy life. She deserves it. She has earned it. She has fought and continues to fight every step of the way.
If you would like to join our team and walk with us. We would be honoured. If you would like to raise some funds to help the Children's Heart Foundation and Adult Congenital Heart association with their mission to continue to improve the outcomes of those born with congenital heart disease through education, research and awareness, we would be honoured or if you would like to share our cause and spread awareness of Congenital heart dissease we would be honoured. Any help we are more than grateful for. Every little bit counts.
Our team is Team ANNAtude.
Anita, Mark, Annabel and Abbigael.
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