Santi's Super Heroes Nicola
In May 2013, at almost 6 months pregnant, my heart was broken to discover that my unborn son was diagnosed with a congenital heart disease, Tetralogy of Fallot. He came into this world much too early at 30 weeks and fought a hard battle for 3 months before finally coming home with us.
The medical staff at the Nickalus Children's Hospital CICU, including Dr. Redmond Burke, saved his life through open heart surgery when he was just 2 months old and barely 5 lbs. The gift of his life, and the care that was provided at this hospital is worth more to us than words could ever express. At 19 months old, this team once again successfully repaired major defects in his little heart with an open heart surgery. Thanks to their stellar care, he was relased and home with us within 5 days.
Today he is a thriving pre-schooler with an immense love of life. His special heart is filled with love and gratitude for his family, friends, teachers, doctors, therapists and all of the people who love him. Santi's life was saved at Nicklaus Children's Hospital and so was ours. We can't imagine what we would do without him.
Santi will continue to require care at this hospital in the future and so will many other babies and children. My greatest wish is that they will be able to continue this level of care by employing the brightest and best doctors, and adding the facilities and services necessary to help children and families through the most difficult times of their lives.
As such, I am excited to share with you that I will be participating in the 7th Annual Miami Children’s Health Foundation 5K Run/Walk. I am making the commitment to support improved outcomes, better health and brighter futures for our children, and I am asking you to join me to support this very important cause.
Donations like yours will support Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and the Together For The Children campaign, and help to fund enhancements to the hospital and provide resources for research and innovation that directly impact the lives of the children and families who turn to them for hope each and every day.
Through your generosity, you are helping to position Nicklaus Children’s as a world leader and global destination for pediatric health and wellness. Nicklaus Children’s has among the highest 5-year cancer survival rate in the nation, the largest pediatric neurology program in the world, and survival rates after pediatric heart surgery that are second to none.
I hope you will join me by donating and help me reach my fundraising goal. You can donate or join the cause by using the buttons on this page.
Thank you for your support! Together, anything is possible.
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