When I first spoke to Lisa McGhan, this month’s Richmondmom.com Rockstar, I could hear the fire in her voice. Lisa is so passionate about her daughter Caitlyn’s journey with Congenital Heart Disease that she’s dedicated much of her time, energy, and passion to helping prevent this disease from striking other children. In fact, she’s at it again as one of our non-profits raising funds at our August Wine Down Wednesday at The Wine Loft.
You may have read Lisa’s article, My Child is 1 in 100, detailing her family’s discovery of Cait’s heart defect and subsequent work with Mended Little Hearts and The Children’s Heart Foundation. Some facts about Congenital Heart Defects (CDH):
- 1 out of every 100 infants born will have a congenital heart defect, leading to approximately 40,000 new heart babies every year
- About 1,000,000 Americans born with a congenital cardiovascular defect are alive today
- Cardiovascular disease is the second leading cause of death for children 15 and under
Thanks, Lisa, for being one strong mom-of-four and for your hard work fighting for little hearts everywhere.