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Heart Kid Story – Killian

what do we do now? Very few things rip the rug out from underfoot like an unexpected diagnosis. A parent struggling with processing new information, can often feel like they are making life altering decisions while blind. It takes more than a few heartbeats to settle in, become acquainted with the new condition, and settle …

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Heart Kid Story – Esme

Esme’s parents want other military families to know that “the EFMP program (exceptional family members) may be helpful to ensure you can be stationed in places that have civilian or military care to meet your child’s needs. Moving with a medically fragile child and changing their care team can be very stressful, however, Tricare can …

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Heart Kid Story – Violet

Heart Month Heart month is sacred in our community. It’s a time where we come together as a family to acknowledge the pain in our journeys. It’s the one week a year where we hold a candle to to darkest corners of what we’ve been through, and ask our friends and family to take a …

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Heart Kid Story – Adelina

As we wrap up our Heart Kid of the Month program for 2018, and prepare to re-launch it in 2019, we wanted to close with a special family. Adelina, along with her parents and her sisters Charlize and Melani, were featured in last year’s community report. Her mama shared a heartfelt letter with our base …

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Heart Kid Story – Westin

CHD Families of Tucson has been working for the past year to stretch beyond “Tucson” and support CHD kiddos from Southern Arizona in general. We love to connect Heart parents with one another, and watch as little communities pop up across the lower half of the Grand Canyon State. We find ourselves particularly heart-warmed by …

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Heart Kid Story – Emily

When CHD Families of Tucson was founded, we sought out heart families and found so many that were already active in the community, experienced and ready to meet other folks with shared stories. Emily, our HKOTM, is super special because we got to meet and cheer for her from the very beginning of ~her~ journey. …

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Heart Kid Story – Brandon

  Ladies and gentlemen, we would like to introduce you to Brandon! This sweet little dude had a rocky start to life, and he worried his mama later in November of last year when he had his complete repair for Atrioventricular septal defect (AVSD). Despite Brandon’s trials, his mom still found the time to become …

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Heart Kid Story – Kaitlynn

This month’s HKOTM is all about “Welcoming”. We chose to feature Kaitlynn this month because August is very special to her family–it’s the month when, after an extended stay in the hospital following her open-heart surgery, they finally got to bring her home. Kaitlynn’s family is so good at welcoming. Her mama always has a …

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Heart Kid Story – Addison

Addison may very well be the face of CHD in Tucson, and yet, at five years old, her light is such a shining force that her defect in no way defines her. Whether its organizing an energized team for the local Heart and Stroke Walk, or encouraging the community to “Open Their Hearts” and support …

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Heart Kid Story – Dominic

  Sweet lil’ Dominic. This dude is so loved. He’s like a little cup, that people have poured so much love and care and good will into, that it overflows and waves over those near him. If you are near Dominic, you are cozy and warm and loved by his family. In fact, if you’ve …

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