Mary Beth Miller Alabama

Our daughter was born with a very complex congenital heart defect. As new parents we have these dreams for our children: becoming a star athlete; an astronaut; having a family of their own. We never expect those dreams to be replaced with: will they live till tomorrow? My daughter, in just 6 ½ years, has had to endure six open heart surgeries, 252 medical procedures, having a mechanical valve placed in her, and now a heart transplant. More children die each year from CHD than all childhood cancers combined; we think it is strange how CHD research receives three times less funding.