Katie Mac's Tour de Coeur
Katie was born with a small left ventricle and very small mitral valve. We were prepared for the Norwood operation but Dr. Tweddell determined it would not be needed. Instead he created a restricted Atrial Septal Defect (ASD), banded her pulmonary artery, and repaired her coarctation of the aorta. Since she did not have the Norwood she technically is not considered to have hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). However, she has since had the Glenn and Damus Kaye Stansel as well as the Fontan surgeries - therefore, she is not quite a Shone's Complex. She is a hybrid. That said - I usually refer to her as a HLHS because more people are familiar with it.
Katie was thriving from a cardiovascular standpoint. Then this past December Katie was diagnosed with Osteoscarcoma. She had a tumor in her right femur. We are absolutely devastated. We just don't understand why so Katie has been dealt with such horrendous diagnoses. Due to Katie's now very complex nature, she has always been an inpatient in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. The oncologists come down to treat her, while the cardiac team keeps a watchful eye on her heart.
The care that Katie is recieves is outstanding. Needless to say, Katie's feistiness is at an all time high. Yet, despite that, Katie's nurses have taken it in stride, even giving it right back to her when necessary.
We hope you will join us for Al's Run and consider raising money for this wonderful place that we now call home.
Welcome to our team page! Teams have a huge impact on the success of Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk and we are glad you are here!
Why are we doing this?
The short answer is that we want to do something that helps kids, and can’t think of a better organization to support than Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
The longer answer is that by running or walking in this event for Children’s Hospital, we can raise funds that 100% support the care provided to kids, from life-saving cancer and heart treatments all the way to life-changing community care. At Children’s, they say they believe kids deserve the best, and they live up to that promise — for all kids.
Time and money is precious and we owe it to ourselves to be thoughtful about causes we support.
- Children’s has the No. 1 NICU in the country, able to care for the most fragile newborns with the most daunting complications.
- Children’s places nurses in schools in at-risk communities so that kids get preventative, regular care right in their own backyard.
- Children’s funds ground-breaking research.
- Children’s is a non-profit and relies on events like this one to pay for the level of care our kids receive.
Walking as a team at Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk sends out a huge shout of support to the kids cared for by Children’s Hospital, and raises critical funds to support their care. It’s also a lot of fun, with kid-focused activities and entertainment all the way!
If you haven’t already, please join our team or help kick start fundraising with a donation of your own by clicking the donate button.
Our fundraising goal: $0.00
Raised to date: $3,870.00