Ride for Breakthroughs for Little Hearts!
On Sunday, March 10, CHOP is hosting its annual Philly Spin-In to raise funds for pediatric cardiac research. We were thrilled when Cora’s Team was THE top fundraiser for the event when we last participated in 2023. (Our team alone raised $50,000 in one weekend!) Your generosity helped make that happen, and we are so incredibly grateful for your support.
This year, for the first time, CHOP is partnering with the Topolewski family so that all funds raised by Cora’s Team for the Spin-In will go directly to a new research directive called the Topolewski Pediatric Heart Valve Center. The Center is dedicated to researching and developing new ways to diagnose and treat valve disorders like Cora’s. When Cora was born, she was diagnosed with a VSD (hole in her heart wall), an aortic arch that was too narrow, and an aortic valve that was too small and unicuspid rather than tricuspid. She received life-saving open heart surgery from the wonderful surgeons at CHOP to correct her VSD and aortic arch when she was 4 days old. Correcting her aortic valve, while critical, is going to be much more challenging. CHOP’s newly organized Valve Center is working to devise new diagnostic and treatment options that will hopefully directly benefit Cora and other children like her.