Friday, March 11, 2011

Every Beat Counts

This is a personal and professional post. Read on and you'll see why.

I was diagnosed with poly-cystic ovaries as well as a tilted uterus in my late teens. I was resigned to possibly never having a child.

In my thirties, I discovered I was 3 months pregnant. Yes, three months. Immediately I was thrilled and began strictly watching my diet and exercise.

However due to complications of Congenital Heart Disease, my son, Gavin only survived a week. Needless to say I was devastated. I don't like to talk about it. It's been a very hard journey to bear the death of my child.

Several years later, through a mutual acquaintance, I met Tina Russo-McDonald, and her daughter Terri Russo. Terri had a son, Brycen who, they discovered had a heart defect called Hypo-plastic Left Heart Syndrome. Brycen had his first surgery at 9 days old; perhaps the same surgery Gavin could have had, had he lived, and his second at 8 months. Brycen is 3 years old now and is in very good health.

Tina and Terri have created a group in West Michigan called Team Brycen. This group's mission isto save lives and help other heart families. Donations support medical research, awareness, education and community programs to help educate people about proper testing and to live heart-healthy lives. Their fundraising efforts go to Make A Difference.

On March 12, 2011 The Every Beat Counts Expo will be in Fremont, Michigan from 1:30pm - 5:00pm.

The Home of Auction Connection Inc. & Terry's Flooring Center
5983 S. Warner | Fremont, MI 49412

Kids 10 & Under: FREE
11 to 16: $5.00
17 & Up: $10.00

Introducing the new fitness sensation Zumba - (2) 45 minute sessions with Tamarac instructor Courtney Lensky!!!

Whole day of Expo booths with things such as:
• Pampered Chef • Lazy K Archery
• Beauty Control • Fremont Archers, Inc.
• Miche Bags • Ideal Graphix
• Mia Bella Candles

Shaneanne's Child Care will have crafts for the kids!!!

This is a Team Brycen Event and this year their projects will help families in our community who have children with heart conditions. Reaching out to help others.

I am proud to be a part of this Expo, not just to sell my jewelry. But to remember my son, first and foremost. And help others become aware of CHD

1 comment:

  1. My heart goes out to you and Tina & Terri's family. This is something amazing that you're doing. You should be so very proud.