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Why RQS Cares - Congenital Heart Walk

Today we feature a post from Deb Gimbel on why RQS Cares has chosen to support the Congenital Heart Walk.

Seven years ago, my niece Riley was born with a congenital heart defect known as complete heart block, which is an interference in the signals between the heart chambers, resulting in an extremely low heart rate. After Riley’s first birthday, the doctor’s decided she needed a pacemaker since her heart rate had declined since birth. At the age of one, she received her first pacemaker and thrived. Today, Riley is an energetic seven year old, who loves to dance, play soccer and bake!

Unfortunately, there is no cure for complete heart block, so Riley will need a pacemaker her whole life. The Children’s Heart Foundation is a non-profit organization that raises money in support of research for congenital heart defects (CHD), including complete heart block. Even though there is no cure today for Riley, we hope that through the Pittsburgh Heart Walk and other fundraising efforts, someday a cure will be found.

As a “heart mom”, my sister, Lori, is passionate about the Pittsburgh Heart Walk that supports both the Children’s Heart Foundation and the Adult Congenital Heart Association. In her words:

Having a child with a CHD is knowing your child's condition has no cure, your child will face a lifetime of obstacles and your child has no promise of a healthy tomorrow. Through Riley's CHD, I've become ingrained in the heart community, finding an extended family that is supportive and strong. I plan the walk to give the Pittsburgh heart community a chance to gather, to remember and fight against this killer of children. I work each day for the Children's Heart Foundation to give my child, and every child with CHD, a chance at a healthy tomorrow.

Congenital heart defects are the #1 birth defect in the US and around the world. My family participates every year in the Heart Walk, not only in support of my niece Riley, but for all of those children who are born with CHDs. Our fundraising efforts can help support future research and give CHD kids a brighter future. Come walk with us!

- Deb Gimbel

RQS Cares - Congenital Heart Walk

RQS is happy to announce that RQS Cares is organizing a group for the Congenital Heart Walk event occurring on June 22nd, 2013 in Allison Park, PA. The race serves as a community gathering and fundraising event for ACHA, an organization to improve the quality of life and extend the lives of congenital heart disease survivors, and the Children's Heart Foundation, an organization to fund the most promising research to advance the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of congenital heart disease.

To join RQS and our team, please click on our team page and follow the registration instructions below:

  • Click on the "Join our Team" link. This will take you to a race waiver.
  • If comfortable with the language in the waiver, click "I agree".
  • The next page will allow you to register:
    • On the following page, click "Join a Team".
    • If not auto-selected, use the dropdown menu on the following page to select "RQS Cares" and click "Continue".
    • Fill out the required user information (user, password, security Q&A) OR sign in with a social account (Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter).
    • Fill out the required personal information, select the radio button on whether you are a survivor of a CHD, or walking for someone with a CHD, the event you plan on running/walking, your t-shirt size, and any additional donation you would like to give. The individual fundraising goal can remain the default (unless you want to raise more!). Click "Continue".

If there are any questions regarding the race or registration, please ask in the comments below the blog post or using our contact form on the website.

-RTK

Image courtesy of the Congenital Heart Walk

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