Raising money for Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk for Children’s Hospital is important to my family because it allows us to help other families benefit from the best medical care.
My name is Amy Randall. In April 2011, our son, Lucas, was born with Tetralogy of Fallot, a congenital heart defect. This diagnosis rocked our world. We soon learned congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect.
Days after Lucas’s birth, we met cardiologist Margaret Samyn, MD, in the Herma Heart Center at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. My husband and I were worried and in shock. Dr. Samyn took great care of Lucas and us. She drew diagrams, answered questions and explained things we never knew to ask.
When Lucas was 3 months old, Michael Mitchell, MD, performed his open heart surgery. After surgery, Lucas was discharged to the cardiac intensive care unit, an entire floor of doctors and nurses who specialize in caring for heart patients. Every day Lucas got better and stronger. Eventually he was strong enough to go home. We felt like we had the best cardiology team to work miracles for our son.
We will be forever indebted to the doctors and nurses at Children’s for mending our son’s heart and taking care of us. 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.
One way we give back that’s a lot of fun, is through raising money and participating in Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk for Children’s Hospital. This will be our second year participating in this incredible event. If you haven’t been in a run and walk before, this is one of the best. It was nothing short of amazing to see thousands of people at the start line. It made us reflect on Lucas’s story and the stories of so many other families. Lucas will have a lifetime of cardiology appointments, and we want to make sure Children’s is able to maintain the high level of treatment and care for many years to come.
You can use your shoes to put yourself in someone else’s. Join us at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, for Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk at 12th Street and Wisconsin Avenue, on the Marquette University campus, in Milwaukee. Register now at alsrun.com.
~ Amy Randall, guest blogger