Jump Rope for Heart Update

Valleyview has reached it’s goal of $1,500 in just 6 days of fundraising with a total amount of $1,765 raised thus far.

Here’s a shout out to Sophie in Ms. Herbert’s class for fundraising 2/3 of our goal and a special thank you to Sophie’s generous support team.

“While you may be familiar with the sight of Sophie running around Valleyview with her pink walker, you may not be familiar with her story.  Sophie was born quite unexpectedly, 8 weeks early, and weighed only four pounds.  After she was born, she spent four weeks in the NICU in Thunder Bay, during which time the doctors determined that she had bleeding on the brain, and a congenital heart defect.  She was flown to London, Ontario, to see a pediatric cardiologist, who diagnosed her with four ventricular septal defects (holes in the lower chambers of her heart) and one atrial septal defect (hole in the upper chamber of the heart), as well as a more serious condition, called coarctation of the aorta (a pinched aorta, which restricts the flow of blood to the lower part of the body and increases blood pressure above the constriction).  From London, she was taken via ambulance to SickKids Hospital in Toronto, where she underwent heart surgery, at only 29 days old, to repair the coarctation.  The surgery involved removing the narrowed part of her aorta and reconnecting the two ends (called an end-to-end anastomosis).  The surgery was successful, and only ten days later,  she was finally able to come home to Kenora.  Sophie still has annual heart check-ups with a pediatric cardiologist in Winnipeg, to check her blood pressure, make sure her aorta isn’t narrowing again, and monitor the holes in her heart, which were left to close on their own.  As of her last check-up, only two very small holes remained.  Sophie also has cerebral palsy, which is thought to be a result of a combination of her prematurity and congenital heart defects, which is why she uses a wheeled walker to get around.”

-(Abby, Sophie’s mom)

With just over 2 weeks left for children to fundraise, we believe that Valleyview can work together to reach a higher fundraising goal of $5,000. Are you up for the challenge?

With these donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, babies, kids and adults, all over Canada can be helped by people like you.

Remind, and help your child register today at www.jumpropeforheart.ca to start fundraising. Join Valleyview’s School Team in order to help us reach an even higher goal of $5,000.

Thank you!

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