Evie here. I’m supposed to be napping but I snuck into Dad’s office so I could type you this note (super advanced for an almost 3 year old). As you know, I have had four open heart surgeries at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. When I was born, the doctors said I had less than a 20% chance of living. They saved my life more times than you know.
I have been chosen to be an ambassador for the Philly Spin-In, the fundraiser for CHOP’s Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. The CICU is one of my favorite places in the world. Wait, did I say the hospital was one of my favorite places? That sounds crazy, but it’s true. I spent my first 120 days of life there and they took great care of me. Scary? Yup. Sad? Unfortunately. Miracle makers? I’m proof of their ability to create incredible outcomes.
The surgeons, doctors and nurses are some of my favorite people in this world. They are at the top of their game, the best of the best, and they devote their lives to saving ours. Unfortunately, they are really underfunded, always running out of space, and have to turn away patients. The sickest heart babies from all over the world come to the CHOP CICU praying for a miracle.
One of my new friends, Callie Crist (8 years old), had heart surgery at CHOP’s CICU on her 1st day of life, just like me. She told me that her scar was called a Miracle Mark and now I love my Miracle Mark. Callie and I convinced our parents to join the Philly Spin-In on March 8th, 2020. They are going to ride a spin bike for 4 hours to raise money so that more heart babies like us have a chance at life.
Would you please donate to help us on our mission? Callie and I got our miracle marks and we want to help other babies have that same opportunity. Visit www.MiracleMarks.org
Thank you so much for even considering this great cause. All donations are tax deductible.
I am raising money to support innovative cardiac research for kids at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). With your help, we can better understand the causes of pediatric heart disease, develop new treatments, improve long-term outcomes and offer new hope to families who need it most.
Why I Ride
Little hearts need us: Parents shouldn’t have to hear the words “your child has congenital heart disease.” Yet, 1 in every 120 babies born in the U.S. are diagnosed with congenital heart disease.
Together, we’ll create a breakthrough for every child:“I can’t think of anything more important than taking a child who has a fatal heart disease and getting them through to live to be a grandparent,” says Matthew Gillespie, MD, Interventional Cardiologist at CHOP. “We have in recent years made incredible, important breakthroughs that nobody else has had in some of the most important issues affecting our patients. We really need the support of philanthropy to make that possible.”
How Can You Help
By donating to support pediatric research at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, you are offering sick children and their families hope for a future free of disease.