Lace Up for a Good Cause!

It’s hard to believe that in just ten short days I will have completed another Adult Congenital Heart Walk.  This year will be the fourth walk for which I have actively raised funds, and the third I will be able to walk in. We will be back at the Wheaton Regional Park and this time I’m riding on the train AND the merry-go-round afterwards with some of the little ones.

Please feel free to join my family and me for this annual event for a good cause very near and dear to my heart – every pun intended.

Saturday April 26th is the date.  Come celebrate spring with us at Brookside Gardens at Wheaton Regional Park beautifully located at 1800 Glenallen Avenue.

Start time is 9:30 a.m. and we’ll plan to arrive and gather together around 9 and will be finished by 11. It’s not a matter of the distance we will walk together, it’s the why and the who we are with.  (We don’t walk far, simply a lap around the park, thru the Japanese gardens and back, easy and beautiful!)

Children and their families with congenital heart disease, and the doctors and nurses who treat them, will  join us along the way  I so love being able to be there to see the kids and encourage the parents that, “they will grow up, they will grow up!”

2014 marks 29 years since my last open heart surgery and valve replacement. While I didn’t make it to thirty consecutive years without a repair procedure, I am still a success story and consider myself very blessed and healthy. Many who cared for me most recently from Children’s will walk with us.

So…Join us Saturday the 26th or donate today by clicking the link below and stay in your PJ’s that morning. Either way, I appreciate you and am thankful for you and your friendship and continued support from the bottom of my ticker!

I gave $10.30 last year as October 30 was the date of my last surgery. Please donate whatever you can. This year I gave $29 for 29 years, but you can give an even $100 or $200 like last year, whatever you want to give is fine, tax-deductible, and will go to support a worthy cause!

Thank you.

Lauren E. Smith

Born with an Arterial Septal Defect

April 1977

Pictures from previous walks & why we walk!



One thought on “Lace Up for a Good Cause!

  1. All the best for your walk! I work with @Heart, New Zealand’s CHD organisation, and you are so right, seeing older kids and adults is so inspirational for heart parents! Best of luck with your fundraising, what a fantastic cause.

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