By Jessica DiGiovanni
29 Jun

The Reasons Behind The "Why"

Friday, June 29, 2018

While fundraising campaigns like the Meil Family Foundation Valentine Match Challenge and #GivingTuesday are important to funding ACHA’s important mission and programs, as a non-profit organization, one of the biggest things ACHA depends on is funding consistency, so that we can continue to serve the ACHD community throughout each year. At the 8th National Conference, we launched our Congenital Heart Champion Program. In its first year, the number of ACHA monthly donors increased from just a handful to nearly 50 committed individuals – many of whom are new donors to ACHA. Donations range from $10 to $150 a month, which adds up to $120 to $1,800 a year. The program raised more than $6,000 in the first year.

All ACHA donors have a reason why they give. Congenital Heart Champion, Mona K., gives because of her son.

“In 2014, at age 29, my healthy, very athletic son went into sudden cardiac arrest at mile nine of the Chicago Marathon. Other marathoners gave up their own race and worked tirelessly, giving him CPR until EMTs arrived and brought him back to life. He was without a pulse for 2 minutes and 32 seconds.

After multiple rounds of testing, he was diagnosed with an anomalous origin of the right coronary artery, which led to open heart surgery.

I am honored to be a Congenital Heart Champion of ACHA because I am thankful EVERY DAY that my son is alive. Heart defects aren’t only found at birth; they can go undetected for years. I am a Congenital Heart Champion because funding is needed for awareness, research and surveillance.”

You can be a part of this special group of supporters who are so passionate about our mission. Their recurring contributions mean that our work continues. Join Mona and other Congenital Heart Champions like her by signing up here.

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