2021 has brought renewed hope to so many of as the pandemic winds down. For my buddy Walker, 2021 has brought his 3rd year of battling Congenital Heart Disease with a new diagnosis; heart failure. He is on continuous oxygen and a continuous IV infusion of medicine to help his heart beat stronger. Despite all this, he's incredibly smart, polite, kind and excited about all things Superhero :) His family has relocated from New Mexico to Denver as he is now listed for a heart transplant. Please consider a donation to the Courage Classic on behalf of Walker so that we may continue to support him, his family and all families who seek care for their child in the Heart Institute at Children's Hospital Colorado!
From Walker’s parents (Kristin and Doug):
"In May 2017 Doug and I found out we were expecting a little bundle of joy. As the pregnancy progressed we looked forward to decorating the nursery, bringing our baby home, and watching him/her grow. In September we entered our anatomy scan excited to find out what the gender of our baby was. We found out we were expecting a bouncing baby boy and that he was going to be born with a serious heart condition known as HLHS.The following days brought more doctors, scans, and many tears. We were soon referred to the Children’s Hospital in Colorado.In January we relocated from Albuquerque to Denver so that our boy could receive the lifesaving treatment he needed. On January 31st our beautiful little boy made his appearance. From the moment Walker was born the staff at Children’s Hospital worked miracle after miracle to save our little prince. In under four months of life Walker survived two open heart surgeries, four heart cath procedures, a punctured lung, cardiac arrest, chest compressions, and countless scans.
2020 brought many more scans, tests, and new information about Walker’s condition all on top of living through a pandemic. We met with our Colorado team more often than in past years. We have since relocated to the Denver area while Walker is listed for a heart transplant. We made the decision in December to move forward with a transplant as the team advised against the Fontan. We, and our wonderful team, want nothing but the best of this little warrior. Walker is now three years old and gives us such a run for our money! He loves to go to therapy and play, has fun with any sort of music, and enjoys art. He is an outgoing child with a love for life and a go get it attitude. He is so smart and loves to try new things. We cherish every milestone he achieves and are beyond blessed to call him ours. Walker faces a lifelong journey with a congenital heart defect. It is because of the wonderful staff at this hospital that we get to hold, love, and watch our baby boy grow. We will forever be grateful for their tireless efforts, support, and hope."