October 29, 2010

Congenital Heart Walk - November 7th!

The Congenital Heart Walk and 5K Run/1 Mile Family Fun Walk at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Sunday, November 7th is less than a week in a half away! As many of you know, our daughter Alexa was born in 2008 with congenital heart defects that required her to undergo several open heart surgeries and other invasive medical interventions in her short two years of life. Unfortunately, she will require further heart surgeries down the road and lifetime cardiac care. Motivated by the needs of our daughter and all families affected by CHD, we are proud to have become directly involved with The Children's Heart Foundation.

The goal of The Children’s Heart Foundation is to bring health, hope and happiness to children impacted by congenital heart defects, the number one birth defect in the United States. They accomplish this goal by funding the most promising research to advance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of congenital heart defects. We are joyful that our daughter is happy and thriving due to medical advances in the treatment of CHD!

The Congenital Heart Walk and 5 K Run/1 Mile Family Fun Walk is an exciting new national joint effort between the Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF) and the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA). Proceeds from the event will go towards researching and improving the quality of life for everyone living with Congenital Heart Disease (CHD). Did you know that CHD is the number one birth defect? 1 in 100 babies are born with a CHD, and there are over 1.8 million children and adults living with CHD today.

The 2010 Phoenix Congenital Heart Walk and 5K Run will include:

• 5K Walk

• Timed 5K Run

• 1 Mile Family Fun Walk

. Sports Talk Radio "The Fan" 1060 AM Roc and Manuch as our Emcees

. Guest appearance by former Cincinnati Reds star Aaron Boone

• "Healing Hearts" Family Festival- Bounce house, slide and carnival games by Inflatable Fun!

. Free food and refreshments

. Yippee Yoga classes for kids

. Performance by AZ Swing Kids

. Build A Bear Mascot

. Craft table

. and much more!

Have you or any of your friends been looking for a 5K run that you can WIN? This is a first year event, and we are expecting a small number of runners, so a chance of winning in your age group is BIG! Not a runner? Bring the family and join us for one of our walks and our "Healing Hearts" Festival.

Register today at www.congenitalheartwalk.org. This is a 100% fundraising event, and there is no minimum donation to register. If you want to wait and register at the event, you can do that too! There is no cost to the event, but donations are welcome (and if you want a t-shirt you have to raise $100). If you can't attend the event, but would like to send a donation you can do so online with a credit card or you can send donations to (checks should be written out to Congenital Heart Walk):

If you wanted to walk as part of our team, just click on this link to our website and you can join "Team Alexa" or if you can’t walk you can donate in her name!


We will also be printing Team Alexa shirts so if you would like one, please let me know the quanity and size, they will be $10.  This is the design I came up with (I'm not a graphic artist but they should work) ; )

Front of T-Shrit
Back of T-Shrit

I look forward to seeing you, your family and even your family dog (yes, dogs are welcome!) at the event! Please forward this e-mail to anyone else you think would like to attend the event!

Hope to see you all there!!

p.s. If you are in need of family photographs I have also pledged to donate 5% of every purchased session to The Children’s Heart Foundation and Mended Little Hearts of Phoenix.  You can see my website here:

Wild Child Photo

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