This is a cause very near and dear to my HEART. I have only seen this one fundraising cause in my many years of running. Therefore, I am taking the time to make this a priority and raise money for children born with congenital heart disease. My dad was born with one and has had 7 open heart surgeries in his lifetime. He is now 73 and his last open heart surgery was a pump (LVAD). They told him originally he would not make it past 45 years of age. Due to the wonderful doctors at Sharp Memorial, the advances of medicine and his enduring faith, he is still alive. Thank God. However, it has been a very rough road for him and any little thing that goes wrong is a big thing now. A simple surgery turns into an 8 hour surgery. If this was treated when he was younger, he could have forgone a lot of suffering. Please donate to this important cause of saving lives and/or making them better for children born with CHD.