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 We Fight for Every Child to Have a Healthy Heart

As my daughter Jemma approaches her next open-heart surgery, I’ve been thinking back over her journey with Congenital Heart Defect (CHD). When we first got her CHD diagnosis three years ago, we truly had no idea what to expect. I can tell you that I definitely did not expect her to be swimming this summer, playing at the beach with her sisters and even hiking up north.

If you had told me then that our story would be the impetus for creating Heart Effect and that thousands would be impacted by her story, I would have thought you were crazy.From a commercial featuring her triumph, to information sessions held at the Phoenix Children’s Heart Center, to our collaboration with the Pediatric Congenital Heart Association, your generous contributions and participation have helped to turn our scariest moments into a movement for change.

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Since Heart Effect was formed last year we have raised $76,000, reached thousands of people on Facebook and built bridges between physicians and families like never before. I can’t tell you how elated the entire Heart Effect board is to have you partner with us as we advocate for kids like Jemma and fund the incredible work at Phoenix Children’s Hospital Heart Center!

As a mother, I can tell you that every dollar, every share and like on Facebook, every event you attend, gives me hope for a brighter future for Jemma. Heart Effect means the world to us and we can’t wait to do even more good in 2017 and beyond! Thank you for your continued support as we fight for every child to have a healthy heart!

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