Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) affects 1 IN EVERY 100 newborns, and it is the most common birth defect worldwide. More than 40,000 babies are born with CHD every year in the United States alone. There is no cure and no known cause for CHD. We do know it’s a life-long medical condition and that life-saving surgeries and the love of family is the special hope for these new hearts.
Brave little Hearts for Michael and Friends was born through the journey of a mother with a child born with a heart defect.
The journey was devastating and a hardship on the entire family. As a mother, she was determined to provide the best opportunity regardless of his prognosis. Therefore, she found ways to gain knowledge and understanding so she could be the best advocate for Michael. She did this all while caring for three other children and managing a formerly two-income household on one income provided by Michael’s father who traveled weekly.
Yes, she was fortunate to have family support but they too had a huge learning curve when it came to Michael’s needs. Through hard work and sacrifice she found a way. Being a giving mother, she also wanted to help other families reach their fullest potential.
“You don’t travel the road alone. Our heart’s grow in size when we help each other.” ~ Michael’s Family