With summer approaching, it is easy to be cheerful, but my family is feeling especially blessed and content. We are traveling to Washington, D.C., as family representatives of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and in doing so, have been reminded of our many reasons to be grateful.
It was a little more than four years ago that we delivered our beautiful twin girls, knowing the chain of events to follow would be trying. One of our twins was diagnosed with a complex heart defect in utero and all research led us to seek help from Children’s Hospital. Wonderful professionals held our hands and prepared us for the road to follow. The diagnosis was crushing, but it would have been unimaginable without the support and reassurance we received from the talented and compassionate team at Children’s Hospital. We felt it a near miracle to discover that of all the heart centers in the world, Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee presented the best outcomes for children with our daughter’s condition. We named our daughter “Hope” because we were given so much of that.
We are advocates for Children’s Hospital for some obvious reasons, and for some less obvious reasons, too. The Herma Heart Center at Children’s Hospital does tremendous things and has outcomes no other centers can boast worldwide. Most importantly, we were given “Hope” from special people, not because it is their job, but because they are incredibly committed, passionate and self-sacrificing people.
We leave for Washington, D.C. today and feel honored to meet with legislators with the goal of sharing our story and thanking them for past and continued support. After all, Children’s Hospital relies on support from many to provide the outstanding services available to everyone. Many of you reading this could tell similar stories, and for that reason, we feel especially privileged to be acting as representatives. We will do our best to communicate the story we all share.
We hope our visit advocating for Children’s Hospital will be successful. We certainly are excited.
~ The Petr family, guest bloggers