|Raygen loved going outside on Sunday in Zoie's wagon.|
|Not too impressed on Tucker, though.|
|I just think she looks so cute :)|
|Zoie on her pony, Tucker.|
|At the Buck Stop....|
AND THE WINNERS ARE:........
The Basket at Brenda's Country Market was Garrett!!!!!
The Basket at the Silver Creek Buck Stop was: Grayden and Holter!!!
Words can not express how grateful I am to each and every person you donated and helped with this project. I wish I could name you all and personally thank you. All the money that was donated will be mailed directly to Mended Little Hearts in Tacoma. The money will touch so many lives. I will have a total of the money earned for you tomorrow!!!
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, for making this fundraiser such a huge success. Right now I am estimating we raised around $1500.00
Raygen sends you all lots of love :) and remember to wear RED ON FRIDAY! Lets finish CHD week strong!!!
|Raygen with paralyzed vocal cords. They kept her up to avoid aspirating.|
|Raygen on the vent.|
|Raygen on C-Pap. Not very comfortable for babies. When Raygen was awake she would cry.|
|Raygen shortly after her tracheotomy. She was having some pretty good dreams. She had to lay still for a whole week for her stoma to heal so she pretty much was medicated the whole time.|
PLEASE WEAR RED THIS FRIDAY FOR RAYGEN AND ALL CHD CHILDREN!!!
Raygen has sure had her share of ups and down during this whole CHD journey, but each time she conquers. She survives. So even at your darkest moment she can give you strength. I know she does for me. Each smile, kiss, and cuddle I get from her I am thankful for. Every time I have to wake up in the middle of the night or even those nights I get no sleep at all, I am thankful for.
Did you know that there are between 2 to 4 million Americans living with CHD today?
Tomorrow we will be drawing to see who is the lucky winner of our Valentine's Baskets :)
I'm so excited.....Good Luck. Thank you again so much (Aunt Carol, Jim, Joelle, just to name a few) for buying tickets. 100% of the money will be donated to Mended Little Hearts. It will make such a huge difference in a child's and parent's stay at the hospital during the most difficult times.
|We were so scared Raygen would get sick that I wore a mask before her first surgery.|
|She was such a sweet baby. So peaceful. I never knew what laid in store for her.|
|This was the morning of her surgery. I was a mess. She is such an amazing girl.|
How common are congenital heart defects?
~CHDs are the most common birth defects. CHDs occur in almost 1% of births....
~An approximate 100-200 deaths are due to unrecognized heart disease in newborns each year. These numbers exclude those dying before diagnosis.
~Nearly 40,000 infants in the U.S. are born each year with CHDs.
~CHDs are as common as autism and about twenty-five times more common than cystic fibrosis.
~Approximately two to three million individuals are thought to be living in the United States with CHDs. Because there is no U.S. system to track CHDs beyond early childhood, more precise estimates are not available.
~Thanks to improvements in survival, the number of adults living with CHDs is increasing. It is now believed that the number of adults living with CHDs is at least equal to, if not greater than, the number of children living with CHDs.
More facts can be found at: http://www.mendedlittlehearts.org