I am doing this race (and the associated fundraising) because two of my friends were recently impacted by a congenital heart issue. One, a 35 year old in good health was running a 10K (which he does all the time) and his heart stopped just past the finish line. After 5 minutes of CPR, a 12 day hospital stay (including 9 days in ICU), the doctors found out he had a rare congenital heart defect which had finally revealed itself. Thank God that he was surrounded medical staff/race volunteers or his family might have gotten this news from an autopsy instead! It was something that could be repaired, so he had open heart surgery mid-January. Then in early January, one of my other friends had her first child and he was born with a congenital heart defect (that was found right away) and he too underwent open heart surgery one week after he was born! Both are doing well, thanks to both the detection of the defect and the talented teams of doctors, nurses and surgeons they both had. But it brought to my attention how many people/children might not be so lucky. Please help me change that by your donation to the Children's Heart Foundation! PS - I was running in the same 10K with my friend back in November and haven't run since. I skipped a race I was signed up for in January, right before his surgery. But this worth cause is getting me to put on my running shoes and get out there again!