I am supporting the Courage Classic for patients like my cousin Megan.
My cousin Megan was born with only three chambers of her heart. I have seen first hand the incredible work and cutting edge care that patients like Megan receive at Children's. Her condition is very rare and at the time she was only expected to live at best to 7 years old. At the age of two, she had experimental heart surgery to rebuild her heart. At the time, we were told that they expected her to live to her early 20s but they were unsure since she was the first to receive this care. The most remarkable part of her care is that twenty years later she need her valve to be repaired again. In just twenty years, her surgery which was very similar to the one she had at two was vastly different. It was a day surgery where they went in intravenously. I am amazed at how Children's puts our money in to life saving technologies and cutting age research.
It is because of Children's that Megan is alive. Megan will not be the last child to face a life-threatening illness, and our family will not be the last to navigate a frightening diagnosis.
The Courage Classic is not only a personal challenge, but also an opportunity to support positive outcomes and healthier futures for children.