As I made my coffee a few minutes ago, I was struck by the date. Ten years ago today, I clutched my coffee in a paper cup as Philippe and I awaited hourly updates from Julie about our tiny baby daughter’s first open heart surgery. The day had begun excruciatingly early for a mom recovering from a C-section. We arrived at dawn at the hospital and, shortly thereafter, handed our bundle of seven-day-old love to a very tall anesthesiology fellow who promised to care for her as if she was his own. We turned to walk down the stark white hall of the surgery suite towards the waiting room and Philippe nearly collapsed in my arms, overwrought with concern and fear.
Today, Philippe was, as usual, up with the sun. I’m savoring my coffee on the front porch in my favorite kitty mug waiting for him to come home from doing some early morning errands. Charlotte is upstairs, sleeping or reading. I don’t know, I haven’t seen her yet. I do know that she is safe, sound, and healthy thanks to the doctors that cared for her on May 16, 2005–Drs. Carl Backer, Gus Mavroudis, and Bob Stewart.
In our deep gratitude, all three of us will participate tomorrow in Move for the Kids 5K in support of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Just 3 months after her third open heart surgery, Charlotte–now a 5″ tall 10 year old–will run the race with her Dad, Dr. Luciana Young (her cardiologist), and several of her classmates. I’ll walk with Charlotte’s teacher, Alexandra Mignet, and several other classmates and their parents.
Team Charlotte is halfway to its $5K for 5K fundraising goal. There is still time to support us! You can click the link above or the image below and donate OR you can find us at Tent #10 tomorrow around 8:30 a.m. (full race details on the race site), register on site, and walk/run with us.
Team Charlotte walks as part of the Children’s Service Board. For the 4th or 5th year in a row, the CSB is the leading fundraising group for the walk. We thank you for keeping us in the lead. And, moreover, for helping Lurie Children’s make it 75% of the way to its fundraising goal for tomorrow.