Welcome to Emily's Walk Page
Hi! Thank you for visiting my Walk for 1 in 100 personal fundraising page. I'm Emily and I was born with Shone's complex (multiple left-sided heart defects). My surgeries have included coarctation of the aorta repair (at 11 mo.), Ross procedure (at 15 yr.), Bentall procedure (at 31 yr), and mitral valve replacement (at 32 yr). I grew up in continual cardiac care with physical limitations as a child. Fortunately, my first valve replacement surgery enabled me to thrive! I obtained Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, went to culinary school, opened a restaurant, lived and worked in England and climbed Machu Picchu!
At age 30 I became symptomatic again and was reminded that I am and always will be living with CHD. After two open heart surgeries as an adult, I am now two years post-op and thriving again! I am walking to be an advocate for the CHD community, to raise awareness and money for CHD and to empower others to thrive.
I wouldn't be alive and thriving without the support of my family, friends, medical team and the Adult Congenital Heart Association. Let's celebrate our community! Please consider making a tax deductible contribution to support my fundraising efforts on behalf of the Adult Congenital Heart Association. All funds raised benefit CHD research and programs. I appreciate your support!
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