Stephanie Valadez

Team Captain *Matt and the Spinners Philly Spin-In 2020


I am raising money to support innovative cardiac research for kids at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). When Matt was a baby, CHOP was his lifesaver. 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 like Matt did when he was born. 

Why I Ride

  • My Son, Matthew:  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.