Shameless Begging

I’m walking again. For me. And everyone like me.  As some of you know, I was born with a hole in my heart (atrial septal defect) requiring open heart surgery and other interventions. So while I’ve participated in many kinds of  fundraising walks, this particular one is up-close and personal for me and my family.   Congenital heart defects are the #1 birth defect in the United States, affecting more than 40,000 babies a year, yet we hardly ever hear about it. Thanks to medical advances, those of us who may have been condemned to an early demise are living well into adulthood and living pretty normal lives but CHD requires a lifetime of care, and so I walk.

ACHA banner

This time (April 27th) we’ll be in Sacramento, rather than Oakland. If you’d like to donate to help support the cause, I would really appreciate it.  If you would like to spread the word, I would doubly appreciate it.

(If you are interested in my congenital heart defect history, I’ve covered it at my other blog. You can find all posts HERE, but the main explanation of my defect  is HERE).

How I Spent My Sunday, Part 2

A few more photos from Sunday’s Medical Response Outreach Event (MORE).

Danielle and Cory shared their stories with us. Danielle was compelling and her story would break your heart.

They both were willing to let me photograph their teeth so that we could convey to our elected officials the dire need for services in our community.  For obvious reasons, I will not be posting those photographs here.

Jacqui is a home health care nurse. Neither she nor her husband are insured.

Davit has big dreams of making it one day.

Bette (pronounced Betty, she was quick to tell me!) brought her son in for a flu shot and gave me good-natured hell about taking her photo, yet when I asked if I could photograph her with her boys, she proudly sat between them. I’ve got a print all ready to send to her.

Waiting outside the dental van.