In April 2011, my sister Nicole announced she was pregnant. Of course I was over the moon to be an aunt and make the little one my new best friend. In June of 2011 Nicole and her husband Trey went in for their fetal anatomy scan and not only learned the baby was a boy but also he would be born with a congenital heart defect. Despite not knowing the severity of the CHD at this time, they launched into action giving the little one the nickname of the Tin Man and building a local coalition of support.
Three months after Holden was born in October of 2011, he required his first of four open heart surgeries. Despite his fight, Holden lost his battle with CHD in January 2014. As a family we have not given up on the war against CHD. Continuing their efforts, Nicole and Trey started a local foundation in Orlando to support families affected by CHD.
I see many parallels to the work my sister and brother in law are doing and the David Ortiz Children’s Fund: a commitment to the well-being of children who need lifesaving heart surgeries.
As a two-time marathoner, I’ve always wanted to run Boston, but I always knew I would only run for a charity where I could put my heart and soul into the training and fundraising efforts and feel really good about the cause. To me that is the David Ortiz Children’s Fund.
David Ortiz Children's Fund:
The David Ortiz Children’s Fund provides essential support for children in the Dominican Republic and in New England who cannot afford the critical cardiac services they need. We are proud to partner with CEDIMAT Hospital in Santo Domingo and the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children to fulfill this mission. Through outreach, education, and support for medical care, we’re committed to enhancing the health and well-being of children who require life-saving heart surgeries.
To date, we have saved over 830 children in the Dominican Republic, and have helped over 8,000 children in the New England area. Join Big Papi in his efforts to save more lives!