Join Graeme’s Run on Saturday, February 24, 2024, at No Label Brewery, for fighting congenital heart defects… America’s #1 birth defect.
From Houston mom, Stephanie
On December 18, 2012 our son, Graeme, was born. We had an emergency delivery after the doctor detected his heart rate in the 70s at my 34 week appointment.
He was diagnosed with Double Outlet Right Ventricle, Malposed Great Vessels, VSD, Coarctation of the Aorta, Straddling Mitral Valve, Aortic Valve Hypoplasia, and Complete Heart Block.
He was rushed to the Texas Medical Center where he underwent a coarctation repair, a pacemaker was placed, and a Pulmonary Artery band was placed. With 2 surgeries under his belt our little trooper was released from the hospital after 44 days.
After living a happy and for the most part normal life, we lost our sweet angel on May 3, 2015 at 2 ½ years old. We were devastated and still are in complete shock, as we are left to try to find our new normal and purpose.
We have decided to put our energy into raising awareness and funds for Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) research.
We knew nothing about heart defects before Graeme and were saddened to learn
• Congenital heart defects are America’s and every country’s #1 birth defect. Nearly one of every 100 babies are
born with a CHD
• Congenital heart defects are the leading cause of all infant deaths in the United States
• Each year approximately 40,000 babies are born in the United States with a congenital heart defect
• Thousands of them will not reach their first birthday, and thousands more will die before they are adults
• Each year over 1,000,000 babies are born worldwide with a congenital heart defect
Details about Graeme's Run
This will be the 9th year fighting congenital heart defects, with Graeme's Run.
At our 8th annual run, we had 1,500 registrants sign up and raised a record $185,000! We cannot wait to see what this year brings.
The 2024 Graeme's Run 5K and 1 mile walk will be on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at No Label Brewery (Katy, TX).
The Graeme McDaniel Foundation was able to double the amount of CHD research funded in its second year! $300,000 was funded during the second round of grant funding. We are so grateful for your support. Thank you for helping us in this very important work!
Our mission is to fund local congenital heart defect research and support heart families.
Thank you for reading our story and helping us honor our precious son,
The McDaniel Family (Robby, Stephanie, Mason, and Juliet)
To find out more visit: graememcdanielfoundation.org