All about that Heart


There have been many events since my last post that helped support #CHDawareness throughout our community.  Below shows the funds raised from each.

Close to Heart Donations

We have had so many great fundraisers for Reiss’ Close to Heart team.  As always, the funds raised by the Close to Heart team go directly to support research and awareness of CHD.

  • #TeamReiss Shirts |  $1,782.10
  • Drury University Women’s and Men’s Basketball/Andy’s Frozen Custard | $565.00
  • #RKT (Reiss Kaderly Tough) Shirts | $587.25
  • The Holiday Heart Shoppe | $217.00

These funds, as well as some other miscellaneous donations, have brought our Heart Walk total to $5,754.41 vs a goal of $5,000.00.  Thank you to all who have helped us meet and exceed our fundraising goal!

Our fundraising efforts are not over yet!  Below is our next Close to Heart event.

  • Drury University Baseball | TBD April 2016

Heart Walk Information

We would love to walk with you on April 16th as part of the American Heart Association’s annual heart walk.

Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) is why.  We walk to support the #LittleHearts.  The child born every 15 minutes with a CHD, who many times endures hospital stays, procedures and surgeries throughout his or her lifetime.  The families or spend countless hours, tears, and dollars to help their child obtain the highest quality of life possible.

  • Where: (New location this year!) Hammons Field, Home of the Springfield Cardinals
  • When:  April 16, 2016 | Gates open, festivities begin @ 9am | Walk @ 10am
  • How much?  Free! Walkers are eligible for a Heart Walk t-shirt once they have raised a minimum of $100.

See you then!



Reiss has been doing well lately. (Knock on wood.)  She has been able to dodge the major sicknesses going through the family, but has been battling what we think is a head cold for a while.  To most, this is “just a little mucous” and “just a little cough”.  To Reiss, however, this means coughing to release the mucous from her chest and/or throat, then puking from the intense coughing.

Her cough/mucous issues seem to be better this week, though, and we are hoping to see even more progress in the weeks to come.  In prior weeks, she probably coughed/puked daily, if not multiple times per day.  Knowing this, we worry about when we will see blood again.

Surgery is still set for May 25 in Houston.  We will not have a firm date until mid to late March, as the surgery schedules are not complete more than two months out from the surgery date.


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