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Richard & Caitlin Guzzo

Richard & Caitlin Guzzo

Hello friends and family! As many of you now know at our 20-week ultrasound our son was diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot, a congenital heart defect (CHD) that impacts 4 areas of his heart; a hole in the wall between the two lower ventricles, a narrowing of the pulmonary valve and main pulmonary artery, the aortic valve is enlarged, and the muscular wall of the lower right ventricle is thinker than normal.

As you can imagine for two young healthy newlyweds welcoming their first child into the world this came as quite the shock. How humbling a moment to realize the "things that only happen to other people" are happening to you. After moments of "why us?" it became clear that the answer is "because we can handle it". Our son is due to be born on August 12th, 2019 at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in our backyard of Palo Alto, CA.

Our strength is being drawn from the outpour of love and support from our friends + family. Pair that with the little kicks he throws in Caitlin's belly as a reminder that he's there to fight. We're there to give him every opportunity we can to not only survive but thrive. If Shaun White can with 3 Olympic Gold Medals with TOF, I'd expect no less than 1 from our son : )

Caitlin and I look to bring awareness to all CHDs the most common birth defect in the United States, nearly 1 of every 100 babies will be born with a CHD. 40,000 babies each year will be born with a CHD. 25% of those babies will need surgery (like our son) or other interventions to survive. Due to advancements in medicine, there has been a 37.5% decrease in CHD related deaths in the United States since 1999.

On June 22nd, 2019 we'll be walking with other heart warriors and angels on behalf of our son. Since his due date is 8/12/19, we're looking to raise $8121.90 in our honor of our son. If you are unable to donate please know your attention and awareness goes a long way.

Love, Richard & Caitlin

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On April 18th, Caitlin and I sent out an email to our amazing community to update them on the state of our pregnancy. Our initial hope/goal was to raise $8,121.90 in honor of our son's projected due date (and our wedding anniversary) 8/12/19. We did that in just about 24 hours, so we thought it was reasonable to raise our target by $10,000 and 10 days later we're over our stretch goal of $18121.90! Thank you all for your love and support! We will continue to raise money and awareness for CHD research and hope to see you on June 22nd for the Congenital Heart Walk in San Francisco!

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Wow! We are completely blown away by the overwhelming outpouring of support. In less than 24 hours, YOU, our family and friends, have helped us raise $7055 for the Children's Heart Foundation! Thank you so much, we are deeply grateful to each and every one of you. With your support, we have now met our original goal, the amount, honoring our little boy's due date. Filled with love and momentum we wish to continue to raise funds for this cause so close to our hearts so we have increased the target amount. Thank you so much! We are continuing to be amazed, inspired and hearted by our community. We love you all! -Richard and Caitlin

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$21,000
raised of $18,121.90 goal
 

Recent Donations

$103.10
1. MFMatthew G Fornaciari
$50.00
2. MJMichael Jorgenson
$200.00
3. ARAustin Roehr
$100.00
4. SGShaun Gaffney
$50.00
5. ASAidan John Simpson
$100.00
6. NVNatalie Vais
Captain

Team Guzzo Family + Friends

$21,000
$18,121.90