As many of you may know, it was a dream of mine to work at Children's Hospital Colorado in the echo lab, a dream that has come true. The Heart Institute at CHCO is one of the top in the nation for care of children with congenital heart disease/defects. The kiddos we see fight battles some of us can only imagine and they do it with such bravery and resiliency; it's truly awe-inspiring.
I was once one of these little heart warriors, full of hope and spunk, but terrified of those white coats. Since discovering my passion for echocardiography, I have made it my mission to be a positive and goofy part of each of my patient's clinic appointment. I hope to make each echo a little less scary for these brave little (and big) fighters.
It is because I believe so deeply in our mission at the Heart Institute that I have decided to ride (or attempt to ride) both days in July. I will be riding for a heart champion, Miss Taylor Czarnecki, who was born with Turner Syndrome. Here is a little about this amazing kiddo from her parents:
"She is a smart and active 13 year old who likes the challenge of school and is looking forward to 8th grade in the fall. Taylor enjoys playing basketball, skiing, and riding her bike, especially exploring the different mountain trails around her home in Golden. Taylor was born with Turner Syndrome, a genetic disorder in females, that can affect your growth and other organs including the heart. At age 12, she was diagnosed with Partial Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return (PAPVR) a congenital heart abnormality. Taylor underwent a successful open heart surgery at Children’s Hospital Colorado on June 3rd, 2019 for the correction of the two anomalous veins that were going back to the wrong side of her heart. Thanks to the great care she was given from all the providers of the Cardiac medical team and the Heart Institute, Taylor is recovering well and gaining more energy and endurance back every day. She looks forward to getting back on her bike soon."
Help me to show Taylor that her future is bright and the sky is the limit, as long as you believe!
I would be so grateful to you for your support, so that we may continue to provide excellent care, education, and financial assistance to our patients and their families.
Thank you all for your encouragement and assitance!