BENEFITING: CARDINAL GLENNON CHILDRENS FOUNDATION
Cardinal Glennon will become the first pediatric hospital in the region to be equipped with a Hybrid Cardiac Catheterization Suite for the treatment of complex heart malformations using procedures combining cardiac surgery and catheterization techniques. New hybrid techniques have led to novel approaches to the treatment of several types of complex heart disease, particularly in very small infants, and allow some initial life-saving procedures to be performed without the need for cardiopulmonary bypass (heart-lung machine). This lab, with the ability to put smiles back on kids’ faces and children back in the arms of their parents, would make Mary proud. We, as her family and friends, are honored to participate in the creation of the lab and grateful that through our participation, we have another way to keep Mary with us.
Mary loved the competition of sports and the camaraderie of being part of a team. A courageous, gentle fighter, Mary always gave 110% in every game – she had mastered the art of being competitive while always showing her kind spirit both to fellow teammates and opponents. Mary was constantly practicing – both trying to improve her skills and simply because she loved being active – and always knew how her favorite teams were doing.
We have chosen to carry on Mary’s competitive, athletic, fun-loving spirit by competing in various events to raise money in her name for the new Cardiac Catheterization lab at Glennon. With a special fondness for Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, who gave Mary her start in the game of life, Mary would be excited that the proceeds from these various fundraising events will go to helping other children at Cardinal Glennon get in the game.