Welcome to my page, and thank you for your support! I am so excited to be running in the TCS NYC Marathon during the 50th year celebration! This is my second year running in the TCS NYC Marathon!
This year I've joined the Miles for Miracles team because I believe so strongly in all the amazing things Boston Children's Hospital does for kids:
- The hospital's patient care programs are unusually sensitive to what sick and injured children and their families really need.
- Researchers regularly make amazing discoveries that change children's lives.
- Boston Children's welcomes kids whose families can't afford health care--more than any other hospital in Massachusetts.
- Community programs makes a point of reaching out to help low-income and at-risk kids.
And the hospital doesn't just stop there. Boston Children's really understands the importance of training the next generation of top pediatricians and nurses, so they can continue to provide the best, most innovative care possible to kids.
Boston Children's has also been part of our own family. KarLeigh had her last heart procedure in Boston. (previous multiple open heart surgeries), she will need another heart surgery at some point in her future, and this is where her surgical care will be.
A little history about KarLeigh: she was born with multiple congenital heart defects. We were always told her first breath would be her last. However that is not how KarLeigh planned for things to go.
She fought from the day she was born even when it came time for a terminal extubation.The doctors told us that it was time for her breathing tubes/lines to come out because there was nothing more "medically" they could do for her- her oxygen had been in the 50%'s for weeks. KarLeigh was supposed to have a terminal extubation, and she proved everyone wrong; during the extubation she started to breathe on her own and was what they called a "miracle". However because of her oxygen levels/lack of blood flow to her brain; they told us she would never read, write, talk or function as a normal child.......
Fast forward 16 years, and multiple open heart surgeries, with multiple cardiac procedures and she is a thriving 16 year old. She is a Sophomore and currently receiving her cardiac surgical care in Boston where we trust the team to continue to intervene and support her as she transitions to adulthood. When we moved from the mid-west to New England we needed to find the best care for KarLeigh and we did at Boston Children's.
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