What wonderful friends & family members, and colleagues, and clients I have…

With a grand total of $2200 from 33 donors from every corner of my world, I participated once again in the DC Area Congenital Heart Walk today with friends, family, and best of all….fellow survivors!

Mom and I headed out to Wheaton (yes, MD!) this morning pretty early for a leisurely Saturday and met up with the congenital heart disease community.  So cute to see so many little kids.  Inspiring to see (& be one of) the big kids.

We were joined by my former colleague, CC, OK – truth be told she was my former task master when time entry for the attorneys was overdue!
and her daughter AGC.  Is she not the cutest thing ever?  She’s had an many open heart surgeries as I have, only she’s not even 2 yet!  We bonded and Children’s over the past years and today she would not let me put her down, so I got a good workout in. 

It’s true what they say, it takes a lickin’ and keeps on tickin’!  Enjoy the pics and THANK YOU for your continued and hopefully unending support for this great cause!


Tomorrow We Walk!

  Fundraising Statistics
My Fundraising Goal:
Money Raised to Date:

Friends, Family, Followers,

We Are So Close!!!!

I have tweaked my goal and so now there’s just under $250 needed to fill the thermometer there and make it overflow at 100%.

Please donate now by clicking here and then rest assured that you are making a difference in the lives of so many.

1 in 100 babies born have congenital heart disease.  That’s just the babies.  There are moms, dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and lots of siblings, who are also so greatly impacted by this “disease”.  (Not many will show up in the ICU at Children’s dressed up on Halloween as a dirty clothes hamper with dirty undies on their head, tho! – Thanks, Peggles!) But you get what I mean…

The older I get (Yikes, I’m 36, YAY I’m an even number again!), the more I am able to talk with people, parents, & pregnant friends about being a success story after being one of those 1 in 100 back in 1977.

Tomorrow we will gather at Brookside Gardens at Wheaton Regional Park early in the morning.  I will likely know a few faces as I have (somewhat) served on the planning committee this year, but no doubt I will be able to see first-hand just how far I’ve come.  I hope to be able to talk to many parents, and hopefully even children there who are just like I am!  A success!

I couldn’t do it, I wouldn’t be where I am today, without all of you, so THANK YOU!!!

Lauren's Artificial Mitral Valve

Lauren’s Artificial Mitral Valve

Thoughts on Thirty-Six!

We’ll call this Thoughts on Thirty-Six…

A lot happened.

In 2013, April 10 is the 100th day of the year.


36 is double-life in Judaism. Double Chaim – 2 x 18

36 is the highest number on the roulette wheel – for all you gamblers out there!

My parents didn’t believe I would live to see six, much less thirty-six.

It is Bryce Harper’s + Denard Span’s jersey numbers combined. (34+2)

Leading up, the weekend before my 36th birthday ROCKED!

It was like I was living a dream – filled with basketball and more basketball – and complete with a road-trip with my cousin Spencer to and from the Final Four. (Complete with a fender bender and speeding ticket, that is.)

GMU Men’s Basketball made it to the CBI tournament quickly followed by Michigan in the final four – are you serious?!


I was in heaven! And in Atlanta we even got to stay in the team hotel, a.k.a. Michigan South! AWESOME!

On the off day between games I sent out my fundraising pitch for this year’s Adult Congenital Heart Walk which takes place this Saturday, and I had over $1000 raised in a matter of hours. People in my life are terrific to me. I am a lucky girl.

When the final buzzer went off in Atlanta, tho, you could feel the blood fall right out of my fingertips. Yes, the hands I had been using for clapping ALL season long and throughout a VERY long post-season had stopped. Fell. Dropped. Gone. It was like I had nothing left. Returning to the team hotel that night was far beyond a total total downer. (And I don’t even play on the team!) Alternatively, seeing the team off to board the bus just a few hours prior, yeah, that was cool!

Go Blue!

Go Blue!

It was an amazing run and quite a ride for my baby brother, especially for his final year at Michigan as a Senior Manager. The Jackrabbits, the Rams, The Jayhawks (#1), the Gators (sorry, Christine) and the Orange – We won them all…. But the Wolverines couldn’t cage the Cardinals. Oh well, beating one #1 seed was amazing, we can’t beat half of ’em.

Kid President was still my favorite bracketologist by far. Check him out here. “Taste the fur, taste the claws!” Love it!

The morning of my birthday I slept in and woke up to a CinnaBon with a lit candle in it, complete with a cup of coffee, glass of orange juice and a cup of milk! The afternoon of my birthday I had a PB&J with a friend who has known me well over half my life. Love that she served up my favorite childhood memory. PB&J’s for lunch every day is what I had for the first 12 years of my life! After my gourmet birthday lunch I had to see a new friend in order to borrow his wife’s t-shirt for the evening’s festivities.

Chicks Dig Diamonds – complete with a curly W! Yep – I had to wear it to the Nats home game that night! On my birthday, when my birthstone is diamond – oh yeah! Thanks, Kate (& Brian) for making my wardrobe happen!

Big huge thanks to another dear friend, also one who has known me for more than half my life now, John, who graciously agreed, ages ago, to take me to the Nats game with his season tickets when they played at home on my birthday! Bryce Harper even hit a birthday homer for me! Whatta night!

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LES & JNR at Nationals Park!

I returned home only to finish the day as I’d started it…. with candles stuck in sweets! A red velvet cupcake from Buzz with four twisty candles in it awaited me on the kitchen counter when I got home from the Nats VICTORY! 5-0 at home (back then)!


The Birthday Girl!

A very fun day! Thank you ALL!

And thank you for reading. I’m thinking about giving up (or cutting back on, at least) my social presence for my new year. Trying so hard not to do FB as often. Keep me honest & recommend a good book, would ya?

Lace Up for the Congenital Heart Walk 2013

I must begin by thanking those who have supported in the past.  I must then thank those of you who have already donated so far this year.  And I must say that It has been a lot of fun to raise a lot of money with very little time before the Walk each year and go on to become the TOP fundraiser in the Metro area! (even if I couldn’t walk last year due to a hospitalization) It was all thanks to YOU that I was able to raise over $8000 in the past two years for the Adult Congenital Heart Association Congenital Heart Walk!

Well, it’s that time of year again…. on April 20th, my family and I will again participate in the Congenital Heart Walk. This year the walk will take place in Wheaton, MD at the Wheaton Regional Park. We’ll walk about two miles and you are more than welcome to join us.

I hope that you will find it in your heart to donate, or walk, with us – or both.

Thank you in advance from the bottom of my heart.

You can contribute your tax-deductible contribution by clicking here.  You could give $36, as I will turn 36 on Wednesday, April 10th.  I just gave $10.31, as that was the date of my last open-heart surgery. Whatever amount you would like to give would be greatly appreciated.   Every little bit helps a great cause.

Thank you!


Here’s Mom and Dad and I at the walk I was actually able to participate in two years ago.  Still bummed I missed last year’s walk as I was laying in a hospital bed.  Of course they sent me home that day, but not in time for the walk.  My parents still walked, and Do More with LES was still a mile marker sponsor.