Wednesday, February 8, 2012

CHD Awareness Week - Day 2

Dena posted about some FAQs that come up often for us as CHD parents. Tonight, I want to take a moment to share some things that I have been working on and some things that our friends have been working on.

This may seem like a "mailed in" post, but I just think that we can create awareness in many different ways and one of those ways is sharing what others are doing to fight CHDs.

First, I would like to call you to action and ask for your help! One of our dear friends, Jennifer Hood, has put her words into action and done something to create change in the world of CHDs. Jennifer created a petition to the U.S. government for increased funding for CHD research. We need 25,000 signatures before March 3rd and we currently have 185. It only takes a minute to sign the petition and it doesn't cost a thing. I'm asking that each person who reads this page, take a second, sign the petition, then share the link to at least 5 other people. This project could lead to countless lives being saved. If you would like to participate, just click on the following link and sign the petition:!/petition/increase-funding-congenital-heart-defect-research-leading-cause-birth-defect-related-deaths/thjXMqzH. Don't forget to share!

Second, I would like to tell you a little about some things that I am doing for the CHD community. I have officially started working as the Director of Local Support for the newly created Whole Hearts Foundation, which was founded by our friend, Matt Hammitt, and his wife, Sarah. I'm working with families and groups, across the country, to coordinate efforts for CHD Awareness week. I am also helping to plan our Dallas fundraising event, which will be in March.

I am also working with, the newly created, website. Specifically, I am one of the dad bloggers for the site. My first two blog posts have been shared with the world, one of which happens to be on the topic of spreading CHD awareness. You can read my blogs by clicking on the following links: and . I would also encourage to read the other blogs that have been posted from a wide-range of bloggers, including Matt Hammitt, Tucker's Cardiologist, Dr. Thomas, one of Tucker's nurses, Holly Tomlin, and a couple of our CHD friends. You can see the rest of the blogs here:

In addition to the blogs that are available on, the website also offers a patient page that is specific to CHD patients. Basically, the patient page combines the best of sites like CaringBridge with the greatness of Facebook. I foresee a time, in the future, when we will close this site down and just have Tucker's page on It provides us with the ability to update family and friends, post pictures, and blog, but it also lets us have specific information about Tucker's heart defect, information from his doctors, videos, and many additional things. is going to change the lives of CHD patients and their families! You can create an account and visit Tucker's patient page by going to:

Third, I would like to direct your attention to some others who are fighting this battle along side of us. These are friends and acquaintances and their thoughts and ideas from their blogs are an inspiration to us! Our friend Jennifer Hood, who created the petition, has an amazing blog where she shares the trials and blessings that come from raising a child with a CHD and other disabilities. Her strength and passion have helped us through some tough times. Pay special attention to her last 3 posts:
Next, another local Heart mom has been doing some phenomenal writing this week for awareness. Again, pay special attention to the 2 most recent posts: The last one is a very poignant letter to her son's future wife and the one before that is a post that could potentially save your child's life!
I would also like to bring your attention to another friend of ours, Tara Johnson. Her son, Liam, was Tucker's roommate when he was recovering from his first surgery. Tara is also a great writer and she creates some awesome artwork. You can read some of their story and possible win a piece of her artwork by going to her blog:
Last, please take a minute to check out the blog of Kristine McCormick, whose daughter, Cora, passed away after 5 days of life because her CHD was undiagnosed. Kristine is single-handedly changing the world for babies. She is a driving force behind making pulse ox screenings required for all newborn babies. She is truly an inspiration! You can read about Cora and her mommy at:

Finally, I would like to take a minute to invite you to our 2nd Annual CHD Week fundraiser on Monday, Feb. 13th from 6-10pm at Durkin's Pizza in McKinney/Allen/Frisco. It will be at the same location as last year, but just in case, the address is:
8930 Hwy 121 Suite 594, McKinney, TX 75070. The food is great and you will be supporting our Amazing Little Hearts group to be able to provide meals, snacks, care bags, and financial assistance to families in the hospital. Our group will receive 10% of all sales, so the more the merrier!

As always, thank you for taking the time to read our thoughts and ramblings. Please help us spread CHD Awareness and save lives!

With love & Heart Hugs,

Trent, Dena, & Tucker



  1. Found y'all through Tara's blog. Thanks for all you're doing in the CHD community! I'm looking forward to reading along...

  2. Thanks Joye! Tara & Dustin are awesome!