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When Henry was 7 days old I brought him to the doctor because he had stopped eating. Due to an undiscovered coarctation of his aorta, he was about to die. In the ER at our local hospital I watched doctors and nurses drill into Henry's arms & legs in an attempt to try and get medicine into him to stop his heart from closing. Finally the EMT team from Lurie's arrived and they were able to put an IV into Henry's head to administer medicine that would keep his heart from closing until a surgeon could repair the portion that was too small. We took an ambulance to Lurie's where an astonishing number of doctors and specialists awaited our arrival. 

Two days later Henry underwent heart surgery to correct his coarctation. He spent an additional 2.5 weeks on the cardiac floor recovering, getting his lungs to work, learning to eat & gaining strength before we were able to bring him back home.

Over the last (almost) 5 years, Henry has meet with countless cardiologists, psychologists, physical therapists, cognitive development therapists, hearing specialist, and the like. We've been told his development is right on track, despite his rough start in this world. He currently only needs to see his cardiologist once a year and he's been given the "all clear" in terms of activities. We are so fortunate to live in a city with a hospital like Lurie's. It has made all the difference in Henry's life, and in our family's life.

Henry turns five on May 15th, just 5 days before the race this year. We can think of no better way to celebrate his birthday than by doing this walk & raising money for the hospital that saved him. We hope you will support us.

 

Make a difference in the lives of nearly 200,000 patients treated at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago each year. Support my efforts for the 2018 Move for the Kids 5K Walk/Run by making a gift today. Every dollar raised means a brighter and healthier future for our children.

Here are just a few ways your donations could help:

$35 can provide a comfort item for a premature infant to ensure the smallest and most fragile babies heal and grow faster.

$60 can help provide inpatient entertainment and distractions to help patients reduce stress and have fun while undergoing treatment.

$120 can help provide small lab supplies for one of the hospital's clinical trials to ensure our children have access to the latest treatments and therapies.

$240 can help provide supplies for the Lurie Children's classroom so that children in the hospital can continue their education.

All donations are tax-deductible and will be acknowledged by Lurie Children's Foundation.

On behalf of the patients and families of Lurie Children's, thank you for your support!

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