When her son, Parker, was just 6 days old, Sara received news that no parent wants to hear. He was diagnosed with a serious heart condition called tetralogy of Fallot.
Parker spent much of his first few months of life going between his pediatrician’s office and Cincinnati Children’s. He needed almost daily weigh-ins, because he had difficulty eating and putting on weight, and he was frequently hospitalized. At only 4 months old, little Parker had open heart surgery.
It’s been a long road, but thanks to the world-class care Parker received at Cincinnati Children’s, today he is an active, hilarious 13-year-old. "He has grown into quite an amazing kid," says Sara.
Throughout his journey with his condition, it was important to Sara for Parker to have as normal of a childhood as possible. She learned about Camp Joyful Hearts, a week-long summer camp organized by Cincinnati Children’s for kids ages 8-16 with heart diseases. In addition to time-treasured camp activities like kayaking, archery and nightly camp fires, cardiac care nurses and doctors are onsite 24/7 to ensure every patient is receiving the care they need. Sara wanted her son to have that experience.
Parker attended Camp Joyful Hearts for the first time when he was 8. "When I came to pick him up from the closing ceremony, I saw the smile on Parker’s face and I had chills," Sara says. She wanted to make sure that as many kids as possible could experience that joy. She had a fun idea for a fundraiser to benefit Camp Joyful Hearts — a euchre tournament called Hearts are Trump.
Sara partnered with Cincinnati Children’s community fundraising program – Giving Hope. She was impressed with the tools that Giving Hope offered for her event – banners, balloons, change canisters and even a personalized online fundraising webpage.
Over the past seven years, the Hearts are Trump tournament has exploded – raising $24,000 for Camp Joyful Hearts last year alone and $85,000 total. This year’s tournament will be held on Saturday, March 4 at the Five Seasons Sports Club in Crestview Hills, KY. Tickets are $35 per person, and the event will feature live music, a silent auction and, of course, the euchre tournament. Visit the Hearts Are Trump website or our Facebook page for more information.
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If you would like to learn more about holding a Giving Hope event or fundraiser to benefit Cincinnati Children’s, please contact Jane Livingston at firstname.lastname@example.org or 513-636-5686 for more information.