Team ANNAtude wrote -
Thank you for coming to Team ANNAtude's - 2015 NYC Marathon fundraising and awareness page for CHD Research
Team ANNAtude -2015 NYC Marathon Runners - James & Uncle John.
As of today we now have 3 runners! Thanks so much Pauline!!
A note from ANNAbel
A is for Annabel. That's me. I'm the kid that beats the odds every day. The one that was born too early, too small and with too many heart problems. I'm the one that is playing catchup since I got home. The one that pushes every day to do more, to be more like my sister. I'm the one that learned much too early to use an iPhone and iPad, to scroll through the apps and find pictures to look through or youtube videos to watch cartoons while I lay in my hospital crib. The one that hadn't ever been outside until I was 9 months old. I'm the one that couldn't eat anything for 10 months but who now is willing to taste almost anything. That's all me and so much more ...
Please take a peek at my pictures and video on the top left to see my life so far.
A note from James
" I took up running somewhat seriously after moving to NYC. My partners for the various New York Road Runners events used to be friends that lived in the city. Mark and Anita who was also a bridesmaid at our wedding. Both have successfully completed the NYC Marathon in the past with me, but it's not a priority for them these days. Just a few months after our son Ronan was born they had 2 gorgeous little girls. Abbigael and Annabel Kelly. They will be 2 years old in December.
We should have had many running and play dates by now but that hasn't been the case. If you haven't already done so, please take a look at the video and you'll see why they haven't had time for running or toddler play dates.
I'd like to do what I can to help raise awareness of CHD or Congenital Heart Defects and to support the research efforts of The Children's Heart Foundation. This year, with the girl's Uncle John, I am running the NYC Marathon on November 1st in Annabel's honor. If she can do 4 open heart surgeries and keep on smiling, knowing there is more surgery in her future, then I can run for 4 hours, one day in the year and help support research that will help Annie and other miracle babies who live and fight through similar challenges."
A note from Uncle John
"I’ll be running the NY Marathon on November 1st to help raise money for CHD awareness. My niece Annie was born with this condition and I’ll be meeting her for the first time in a few weeks. I’ve met her sister Abbie when she came home to Ireland but unfortunately Annie cannot yet make these trips as she’s not yet allowed travel. Annie’s an inspiring little girl. She’s not yet 2 years old and has spent the first 9 months of her life in hospital and braved 4 open heart surgeries and she keeps smiling throughout. She will be due what will hopefully be a final surgery when she’s a little older. This will be a scary time for her as she’ll obviously be more aware of what’s going on so we aim to do whatever we can to support her and other children with CHD.
My aim is to finish in under 4 hours. As James says above, if Annie can undergo 4 open heart surgeries and keep smiling, completing a marathon pales in comparison (but I don’t think I’ll be smiling through those last miles!)
Please watch the youtube video linked on this page and donate what you can to help support CHD research."
Together, we ask that you share this page and spread awareness and those who can afford to do so, please support Team ANNAtude to help the researchers find new and long lasting ways to help those born with CHD.
If anyone is already planning to run the 2015 NYC Marathon and would like to join our team as a runner, just let us know.
For those whose preference is to cheer from the sidelines on the day, thats ok too. Please wear your Team ANNAtude t-shirt and we'll cheer the runners on together.
We'll have a few extra T-shirts for those who didn't get to purchase one directly.
The more the merrier on the course and the sidelines and the further the message of awareness will travel.
See you all at the finish line!
James, John, Mama, Dada
& everyone on Team ANNAtude.
A note about CHD and the Childrens Heart Foundation
This June, The Children's Heart Foundation received 52 research grant proposals, requesting over $8 million in funding! There are so many talented researchers trying to improve the lives of CHD patients and each year we strive to fund more and more projects. Each year, critical CHD research goes unfunded; we need your support to raise the crucial money needed to continue funding CHD research!
Most people are unaware that Congenital Heart Defects (CHDs) are the most common birth defect in America, affecting approximately one in one hundred, or 40,000 newborns each year. CHDs are responsible for one third of all birth defect-related deaths and sadly 20 percent of children who make it through birth will not survive past their first birthday. Although a child is born every 15 minutes with a CHD, research continues to be grossly under-funded in America. Of every dollar the government spends on medical funding, only a fraction of a penny is directed toward congenital heart defect research. As the country’s leading organization solely committed to CHD research funding, The Children’s Heart Foundation dedicates itself to bringing health, hope and happiness to children and families impacted by a CHD.
CHF has funded over $7.4 million of vital, life-saving CHD research since its inception.