In 2007, 15-month-old Shayna Strauss was diagnosed with congenital heart defects. Her mother Dawn spent 11 agonizing days hoping the cardiac specialists at Children’s Medical Center would be able to save Shayna’s fragile life.
Since 2010, Shayna’s family has raised money for Children’s as part of the annual Red Balloon Run & Ride, co-presented by Capital One Bank and Denbury. Team Shayna’s donations support two important programs in The Heart Center at Children’s – Home Monitoring and Research.
Read a heartfelt letter Dawn wrote about her experiences in the cardiac ICU back in 2007 and how that inspired Team Shayna to raise money for The Heart Center.
Team Shayna’s Heart of Gold
The more than $20,000 Team Shayna raised in 2010 and 2011 has directly impacted the lives of many children through the Safe-At-Home Program.
Newborns with single ventricle cardiac anatomy are the most challenging and complex of all infants born with congenital heart disease. This diagnosis is associated with the highest rates of morbidity and mortality in current practice. The Safe-At-Home Program is part of a national quality improvement initiative to decrease mortality rates.
All neonates born with a form of single ventricle physiology that undergo surgical or hybrid palliation may participate in the program between the first intervention/surgery and second surgery. The program allows patients to return home to their families and local support system while still receiving the monitoring and care needed to lower re-admissions to the hospital and mortality rates.
New Nikon Microscope
Team Shayna’s funds also support pioneering pediatric cardiothoracic research that will make a difference in the lives of patients for years to come.
With funds from 2012, Joseph Forbess, M.D., division director of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, purchased a Nikon microscope for the lab to handle fluoroscopic imaging.
The microscope allows the research physician and team to see and study cells that could not be seen before. The goals for the microscope are to improve the size of stent technology and to develop new tracheomalacia models for the treatment of airway obstruction.
Register for the Red Balloon Run & Ride and Donate to Team Shayna
Register for the Red Balloon Run & Ride on April 26, 2014, at Children’s Medical Center at Legacy.
Join Team Shayna in making a difference in the lives of patients in The Heart Center by donating to this year’s event in Shayna’s honor.