Well, May 5, 2012 has come and gone. May 5th was the 3rd annual Adult Congenital Heart Walk in the DC Metro Area and I was the top fund-raiser for the 2nd consecutive year raising a total of $2585.31 out of the $77,288 raised. I had 55 generous donors supporting me: friends, clients, family, dad’s friends, mom’s friends, just good people & hey, it’s never too late to give: http://bit.ly/Aihk8M
Very unfortunately, due to personal health reasons, I was unable to participate in the event. Want details and no pictures, visit here & please enter your email.
While not heart related, I was hospitalized for a few days prior to the walk. News of my discharge came literally as the walk was stepping off!
The good news is this: I have the good fortune of having a mom and dad who have literally been there by my side thru everything (& yes, I mean everything) health and heart related my entire life, so they would not miss the Congenital Heart Walk. Also good news: my fun Aunt Peg & Uncle Johnny came and scooped me from the hospital and took me to their resort on the Chesapeake Bay to recover.
But – back to the walk…Last year a friend notified me right away when she learned during her pregnancy that her unborn baby had a congenital heart defect.
With this in common, our friendship has deepened. Her daughter (gender unknown until birth), AGC, has become another of my many “adoptees.” I kept vigil over her at Children’s, sang to her, let her grip my finger in ICU, have watched her grow these first few months of her life. She even visited me when I was at Children’s in October, just a few weeks after she had been discharged. I have loved that little cutie ever since she was born!
I didn’t have to work hard to get them to walk this year and then, bam, just like that I couldn’t attend. I am still sad about this, BUT – my mom and dad walked with AGC, her mother and her grandmother, and THIS is why we walk…
…Because babies who are born with congenital heart disease (like little AGC) grow up to be adults with congenital heart disease (like me!) and life goes on…heck, this baby even grew up to start her own business, which sponsored the walk this year!
My hope is that AGC will grow up and have as much fun with life as I have been so blessed to do. She has a fabulous set of loving parents and siblings just as I do.
Here’s to us, AGC … THIS is why we walk!
(and I promise to support and walk in next year’s event, no matter what!)