Heart Families Unite!!!
So yesterday was the Heartbeat 5000 5k Walk/Run for Children’s Hospital. This is our 2nd year participating and I have a feeling it will become an annual thing. :-) Which makes me happy! It is a small gesture to say “thank you” for what Children’s has done for us. Between medical science and the power of prayer – we have a busy 4.5 year old who is thriving on half a heart. Amazing!!!
I’ve written several times about our heart journey with Eli. Here’s a very, very brief synopsis…20 week ultrasound revealed two things – 1. it’s BOY!! 2. he has HLHS = hypolastic left heart syndrome. He had 3 open-heart surgeries and countless doctor visits in the first 2.5 years of his life. Now, he’s 4.5 years old and is getting ready to go to preschool in the fall.
We were so blessed to have some amazing friends and family come support us. It was fantastic!! I was overcome with emotions several times throughout the morning. The amount of support that was evident at the Heartbeat 5000 was so amazing! Tons of people supporting someone they know with a CHD. Amazing!!!
It was fun to see families who were in the hospital at the same time. Very heartwarming to hear more about their journeys. Some journeys have been very successful and others have not been. Tears were shed and hugs were given.
Some of the people we had the joy of seeing at the race…
I didn’t get pictures of them but we also saw Casey & Jade Underdahl and their little heart baby, Ailee (adorable!!). A student of mine from school, DJ, and his mom (Julia) were there as well. DJ has received some heart care from Children’s as a baby.
There was a kiddie race and we signed both boys up. I was thinking that Eli would take off running and be super excited and Noah would be shy and reserved. Nope!! Noah took off running, he was on a mission!! He gave the Children’s mascot, Star, a high-five and kept going straight (he was suppose to turn around and head back). He didn’t want to be done. He refused to turn around and finish the kiddie race. I had to carry him.
Eli was more reserved with the whole running idea. He stuck pretty close to Dave while running. But he had lots of fun still.
I think next year we will walk/run with the boys in the stroller and let them run when they want to. They enjoyed getting out of the stroller and finishing the race at the end. It was fun to watch!
We got to see Dr. Rios (Eli’s cardiologist) and Jocelyn (a cardiologist we’ve seen often while in the hospital). It was so wonderful to see them as well. I enjoy seeing them outside of the hospital setting.
We had 16 people on our team and raised about 64% of our goal. Whoop whoop!! If you still want to donate, please do. http://www.heartbeat5000.com, “donate”, “Team E” with Megan Burlingame as the team captain.
All in all, we had a fantastic day. I’m so thankful that Children’s sponsors an event like this, it is so nice to be able to “give back” to a place that has given us so much. We are so thankful and grateful for the love, care and support we received at Children’s.
Thank you Children’s Hospital of Minnesota!!!!