We are raising money to support innovative cardiac research for kids at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) to help save the lives of children like our son Martin. 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.
Our son Martin was born on September 26, 2020 and, one day later, was diagnosed with a severe case of Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. He was airlifted to CHOP on September 28th and the cardiac team at CHOP took a child that was nearly beyond medical intervention and single handedly turned our discussions from death to life....
Two major open heart surgeries and multiple interventions later, Martin is now 7 months old and has a great opportunity to live a normal life for many years to come. Simply put, the professionalism, expertise, and genuine compassion of the CHOP team is unparalleled. CHOP is a national treasure.
Why We Ride
Little hearts need us: The world slowed down, but parents are still hearing the words “your child has congenital heart disease.” Yet 1 in every 120 babies born in the United States 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 You Can Help
By donating and helping us support little hearts through groundbreaking and innovative research and care here at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Martin's life and treatment will always be connected with CHOP for years and hopefully decades to come.
“From the bottom of all the hearts we touch, from the bottom of all the hearts we work on, from the bottom of our hearts. Thank you.” — Stephanie Fuller, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgeon