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Megan's Monarchs

Philly Spin-In 2023

I am raising money to raise the spirits of our patients by supporting cardiac research and care at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Join me at a big workout to help little hearts.   My team is spinning in the memory of Megan Daddario who only spent 19 years on this earth but touched so many lives with her smile, kindness, and positivity. Megan was born on May 12, 1992 in Bridgeton, NJ.  As her mother was ready to leave the hospital a nurse detected a murmur and the dr. decided to do an echo before Megan was discharged and found a discrepancy.  She was transported to Cooper for further review and then onto Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.  It was there where she was diagnosed with Congential Heart Disease.  Her visits to CHOP would continue through out her young years.  She lead a pretty normal life until she was a freshman in high school.  After hospital stays and surgeries while in high school she still led a pretty normal high school life and was always so positive and kept up with her faith.  During a ski trip to Colorado it was discovered that Megan had PLE which is Protein Losing Enteropathy.  Another battle to add to her list of medical problems.  But Megan was a fighter and still continued with a smile.  The worst was yet to come when in December of 2010.  Megan came down with a fever and night sweats.  She was in and out of the hospital for several weeks until February 2011.  She was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma.  This was a rough battle.  Being a teenage girl of course one of her biggest concerns was losing her hair with her treatments.  Her friends and family stood by her in her time of need until the very end.  She lost her battle on June 16, 2011.  She became a very special angel that day and her funeral was a celebration of her life and beautiful monarch butterflies were released. That is how the team Megan's Monarchs was created.  We spin in the memory of Megan.  Won't you help celebrate the life of Megan with us.  Join our team or make a donation today.

Help Support Big Breakthroughs for Little Hearts!

We are 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 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 Can You Help:

By donating and helping us support little hearts through groundbreaking and innovative research and care here at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

“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


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