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Walter's Army

Organized by: Kristen Corkery

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Kristen Corkery via Crowdrise
June 06, 2014

We are amazed that our goal was met in just 24 hours! Now we are going to see if we can raise it, thank you to all who have donated! See More

THE STORY:

If you haven’t met Walter John Lackaye, you should. He is the sweetest, happiest baby boy whose smile can melt anyone’s heart. Walter’s story has touched many of us in ways we can’t even describe.

At 39 weeks pregnant, Sarah and Dan learned that Walter’s heart rate was too low and he would have to be delivered as soon as possible so that he could be closely monitored. Sarah was transported to Westchester Medical Center and Walter was born via C section on December 19, 2013. He was perfect in every way, making it hard for them to wrap their heads around him having a heart condition.

Walter was diagnosed with heart block that slowed his heart rate, and he required the placement of a pacemaker at only a few days old. In many similar cases, the baby’s mother has an underlying autoimmune condition doctors can point to as the cause. In Walter’s case, there was no such condition, which made it even scarier.

Doctors felt it could be idiopathic, which means they really don’t know the cause. In addition, they were worried that Walter could have a syndrome called Long QT, which could cause sudden and potentially lethal cardiac events. The type they believed Walter might have is most deadly when a person is asleep. This news was devastating to his parents, and their family and friends. Additional lab work also came back inconclusive. Luckily, he has intelligent and well informed parents that continued to search for an answer.

After a couple of different opinions, the three of them ended up at the Mayo Clinic in the hands of Dr. Michael Ackerman who specializes in Long QT. Thanks to his extensive research over the past 12 years, Dan and Sarah are finally able to sleep (sometimes anyway). After days of testing and monitoring, they are swiftly moving away from the frightening Long QT diagnosis!

On June 29, 2014 two of his cousins will be participating in the ITU World Triathlon in Chicago. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to allow everyone who has been touched by his story to donate toward the research that has helped our Walter, and so many other children.

This fundraising page has been created in honor of our cousin, Walter, and his parents. Having seen on a personal level how research can completely change lives, Sarah and Dan wish to have all proceeds go directly to the research of Dr. Ackerman at the Mayo clinic.

In the words of Sarah “ I can’t tell how helpful Mayo is to thousands of other parents who go to bed every night praying like we did for their babies.”

With Love and Gratitude,
Kristen Corkery and Amanda Lackaye

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To This Fundraiser

$3,508

 

117% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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  • Teagan Sanda

     

  • elaine tierney

    $10

  • Kate Lackaye Vanier and family

    $25

  • Louise and Patrick O'Connor

    $100

  • Judy Annunziata

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Jenn & Jimmy Killian

    $25

  • Don and Karen Lackaye

     

  • Maddy Bunt

    $25

  • Bryan and Erin Lackaye

     

  • Alana, Dave & Quinlan Scott

    $30

  • Cort & Sabrina Schmidt

    $25

  • Patti King & Jim Glennan

    $50

  • Jessica Pontillo

    $10

  • Virginia, Dan & Violet

    $25

  • Janet Jacobson

    $25

  • Michele & Ed Lackaye

     

  • Carrie & Anthony Boshart

    $50

  • Arian Sullivan

     

  • Team Joe (Roxanne and Stephan)

    $100

  • Becky!

    $25

  • Dave, Meg, Lefty, and Kate

    $50

  • Vinny & Cathy Avallone

    $25

  • Liz Chuang

    $50

  • Tara, Jed and Baby Benjamin

    $50

  • Samara, Daniel & Eliana

    $25

  • Ryan Megan

    $50

  • Patti and John Lackaye

     

  • Cathy Davies

    $25

  • Willow, Linden, and Rowan

    $100

  • Brian & Rania Shanny

    $50

  • L. Allison Taylor

    $30

  • Kelly & Matt Baldassarri

    $25

  • Mike & Catherine Lackaye

    $100

  • Libby and Ofir Barnea

    $18

  • Kyle, Cara and Logan Thayer

    $50

  • Doug,Nicole & Niko Smith

    $50

  • Jeanne Marie Vinchiarello

    $50

  • John, Linda and Amanda

    $50

  • Sue and John Searle

    $50

  • Sue and Tom haight

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Travis and Elisa Searle

    $50

  • Kate Seely-Kirk

    $25

  • Erica & Michael Bishop

    $50

  • Aunt Mimi and Uncle Rich

     

  • Melissa E.

    $25

  • Todd, Kara, Emily & Sam

    $100

  • Giamnluca & Emily

    $50

  • Uncle Bob

     

  • Martin & Maryann (Sharpe) Cassese

     

  • Madison Palmas (fellow yogi)

    $40

  • Kevin and Lorraine

    $50

  • Mick Murphy

    $75

  • Anonymous

    $150

  • Matilda and Annie Foglietta

    $50

  • Michael Hurwitz

    $50

  • Zach Martin

    $20

  • Ellie, Dexter, Sammy and Sean

    $50

  • Jana Rayfield Magnus

    $25

  • Ann Luty

    $100

  • Kelly and Ava

    $35

  • John and Annette Waryas

    $20

  • Tim and Mary Ellen Lackaye

     

  • Emma Britton-Bailey

    $25

  • De Jongh Family

    $25

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Kristen Corkery

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Donor Comments

De Jongh Family

De Jongh Family

DONATION: $25

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Emma Britton-Bailey

Emma Britton-Bailey

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Tim and Mary Ellen Lackaye

Tim and Mary Ellen Lackaye

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John and Annette Waryas

John and Annette Waryas

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Kelly and Ava

Kelly and Ava

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Ann Luty

Ann Luty

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Jana Rayfield Magnus

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Ellie, Dexter, Sammy and Sean

Ellie, Dexter, Sammy and Sean

DONATION: $50

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Zach Martin

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Michael Hurwitz

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