#TeamBlake

#TeamBlake

From Karla Munkel

We are raising money to support congenital heart disease research. Our goal is to fund research for mechanical hearts. In honor of Blake's heart surgery anniversary on February 9th, we are asking for a $9 donation.

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3 months ago

We did it! We not only raised and surpassed our goal of $500 for CHD research, but we tripled it! AMAZING!

Thank you to everyone that helped make this year's fundraiser a success including our offline donors!

Doug & Marlene Ferdig
Gene & Joan Loos
Marlene Tuin
Michele Recker
Jim & Joann Hall
Patty & Terry Tausz

We love you all!

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Congenital Heart Defects affects 1 in 100 babies born each year.  It is the most common birth defect yet is extremely underfunded.  Sadly, 1 in 10 children diagnosed with CHD will not live to adulthood.*

In the last decade, survival rates for congenital heart defects have increased by almost 30% thanks to continued research and innovative treatment options.*

Our family was first introduced to CHD in March 2016 during a follow up visit for our 20 week ultrasound.  It was during this time that our son was diagnosed with multiple congenital heart defects.  Blake had his first successful heart surgery in February of 2017.  He will need at least one more heart surgery in his life with the possibility of needing a heart transplant someday. 

Blake’s first surgical recovery was a success largely due to studies showing that heart patients could be taken off the breathing tubes soon after surgery and even before leaving the OR.  In fact, this is not only possible, but helps expedite the healing process for patients.  As a result Blake was discharged after his first surgery after 7 days! 

We are passionate about CHD research because of the strides that have been made to allow our son to have the success he has had thus far.  We are also passionate about CHD research for the road that is ahead for Blake and so many other CHD warriors.  Our hope and prayer is that mechanical hearts become an option for patients in need of heart transplants.    

Our goal is to help fund mechanical heart research and medical advancements for single ventricle heart patients.  

Thank you for your consideration for support of CHD advancements.

-The Munkel Family

*projectheart.org

**For each $9 donation, $8 goes directly to the research.  If you'd rather donate offline, 100% of your donation goes to the research.  Offline donations can be mailed to 149 Leaf Point Lynd MN 56157

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Karla Munkel posted a new update:
3 months ago

Update #2

We did it! We not only raised and surpassed our goal of $500 for CHD research, but we tripled it! AMAZING!

Thank you to everyone that helped make this year's fundraiser a success including our offline donors!

Doug & Marlene Ferdig
Gene & Joan Loos
Marlene Tuin
Michele Recker
Jim & Joann Hall
Patty & Terry Tausz

We love you all!

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Karla Munkel posted a new update:
3 months ago

Update #1

WOW! I'm blown away by everyone's generosity and support!

We have surpassed our goal thanks to all of you! Thank you for everyone that has donated and shared Blake's story. We are going to keep going until the end of Heart Month - Feb 28th! With any luck we might be able to double our goal!

We've had supporters send us 'offline' donations and with our matching donation from Saturday's donations....we have raised $815 for CHD research as of today! This is one of the best Valentine's Day gifts ever!

Thank you to those that have donated offline!
Paula Dudgeon
Will & Tracey DeSmet
Gordy & Marge Smith

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