Hello! Thank you so much for coming to my Briggs & Al's Run & Walk page. Any gifts directed to the Herma Heart Center will be eligible for a dollar for dollar donation match courtesy of a major gift sponsored by the Herma Family. Please consider giving what you can to help us reach our goal!
Why am I doing this?
We want to thank you for your incredible support as we prepare for our 7th Briggs and Al’s run/walk for Children’s Hospital. Lucas had a cardiology check-up in May. While he remains stable, he still has significant pulmonary leakage into a dilated right ventricle that pumps extra hard in order to just keep up. The cardiologist explained that only about 2/3 of the blood that his heart pumps out ultimately circulates to the rest of his body while about 1/3 leaks back into his heart. So this means that we are looking at a pulmonary valve replacement in the next 5-8 years or sooner if his heart demands it.
In the meantime, Lucas shows no symptoms so we just continue to love the life that we do have! This summer Lucas participated in Camp Invention, swimming lessons, t-ball and summer playground. This fall he will begin first grade in a Lower Elementary classroom that combines 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades.
We will forever be indebted to the outstanding staff at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin for mending our son’s heart and taking care of us along the way too. Lucas has brought so much strength, hope, love and joy to our family, it is sincerely indescribable. It feels so good to be on the other side of his major surgery, and we have since helped so many other families with their journey. When we needed support and encouragement, we received it. Now it feels like we cannot give enough to others, knowing what it feels like on both sides of a major medical diagnosis and treatment.
If you have it in your heart to help, please donate whatever you can give. Every little bit helps! All gifts directed to the Herma Heart Center will be eligible for a dollar for dollar match sponsored by the generous Herma Family up to $8 million dollars. Your heart center donation will double!!
The Randall Family