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Steppin' For Sawyer

Steppin' for Sawyer

As most of you know, we found out that Sawyer was born with a congenital heart defect when he was just 3 days old. The hospital pediatricians were making their typical morning rounds on the newborns when they told us they heard a heart murmur on Sawyer. We were informed they were going to take him down for an echo and he would be back shortly. 2 long hours later, Sawyer was brought back and one of the hospital pediatricians came in and delivered the dreaded news. The words “your baby has a heart defect” is never something a parent wants to hear. We were devastated. We were already on a roller coaster of emotions from just bringing twins into this world, and now a baby with a heart defect?! The pediatrician told us that he wasn’t a pediatric cardiologist, so he couldn’t really answer our questions and we would have to wait until our cardiology appointment in 4 days. All he could tell us were terrifying symptoms to look for when we were discharged home and to immediately take him to the ER if any of these symptoms arose. This was all so overwhelming and we didn’t know how we were going to make it through this. At 1 week old, Sawyer had his first cardiology appointment. They told us that, yes, Sawyer did have congenital heart disease which consisted of a large VSD and pulmonary stenosis. She informed us that these defects would have to be repaired by open heart surgery, but the timeline for that was a wait and see process. The cardiologist told us all the symptoms and signs that we should expect in the coming months, but luckily Sawyer never experienced any of the typical symptoms. This was a glimmer of hope for us and would allow Sawyer to continue to grow and gain weight before surgery. He continued to thrive and was scheduled for surgery in June. On June 10,2019, Sawyer underwent his first and hopefully only, open heart surgery. This was the absolute hardest thing we ever experienced as parents. Having to see your child with the tubes and wires and now a new incision down his little chest was heart breaking. However, we all knew it had to be done and it was only to improve his health. Sawyer stayed in the hospital for 6 days and was discharged home on Father’s Day! Sawyer is back to his old self again, enjoying his twin brother, and we couldn’t be more thankful. After all of the ups and downs we have been through as a family with Sawyer in the last 9 months have been emotional to say the least. Congenital Heart Disease has become such a major part of our lives, we have decided to take part in the Congenital Heart Walk to help raise money for the Children’s Heart Foundation. All of the money raised goes to the foundation for research for Congenital Heart Disease. Please help us support The Children's Heart Foundation by making a contribution to our team and sharing this page with your family and friends. Every dollar we raise will advance The Children's Heart Foundation's great cause!

Together, we can make a difference!

Thank You,
Steppin’ for Sawyer


We officially reached our first goal of $500, so we decided to increase it to $1,000. We would love to reach this goal for the Children’s Heart Foundation! No amount is too small and every bit makes a difference!


We want to thank everyone who has showed their generosity and donated so far. We are over half way to our goal, and still have almost 3 months to go!

Lindsey Snodgrass
  • RSRussell Snodgrass
  • SSSusan Simon
  • SSScott Simon
  • SSSawyer Snodgrass
  • PSParker Snodgrass


raised of $1,000 goal

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1. JHJodi And Brittany Hormann
2. PHPauly Hudson
3. BCBeverly And Calvin
4. SSScott & Susan Simon
5. RSRusty, Lindsey, Sawyer, And Parker Snodgrass
6. DRDeborah Reiter