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Please join us again for our 7th year walking to support this life saving hospital. There is no cost to register, but donations are always welcome! 

Join me and help support Winnie Palmer Hospital For Women & Babies! Why you ask? Here is my reason:

It was at out 20 week ultrasound that we learned of Holden’s Congenital Heart Defect. We were naïve to parenthood and CHDs, but educated ourselves as much as we could to prepare for his arrival. The month before he was born we formed the first Team Tin Man. This was a rally point for us. It was a way for us, our family and friends to do something for the hospital we knew our son would be spending some time in. Holden Joseph Flynn came out swinging on October 11, 2011, diagnosed with Unbalanced Complete Antrovetricular Canal, a complex single chamber congenital heart defect. Most people already knew him as, “The Tin Man”, a nickname given to him to help better describe his defects to friends and family before he was born. While his stay in the NICU was short in comparison to others, it was our first glimpse at the phenomenal care from The Arnold Palmer Medical Foundation. Everyone was amazing, from the first doctor (Dr. Alexander) to care for Holden, to the nurses that taught us how to swaddle our son and explain the first of many medical devices to us, the front desk staff that always greeted us with a smile.

Just across the street, at only three months old, Holden underwent his first operation to repair his ailing heart.

Arnold Palmer Hospital and Strong Films filmed the ins and outs of that procedure, using the footage to create an award winning film. Holden would go on to require three more operations, before finally being listed for a transplant in October of 2013.

On January 5, 2014, while awaiting a new heart, my son lost his battle with CHD.

At home Holden was strong, constantly finding ways to overcome his defect. He was a regular boy who loved fish, swings, and his dog Maggie. While hospitalized he passed his time with personalized wagon rides, often parading around the hospital, and over to Winnie Palmer, several times per day. It was his safe zone, and a marker for all who knew his story.

Holden certainly isn’t the first child who has been through this. We’ve met so many families that come armed with similar stories of the amazing CHD battles they’ve watched their children fight through. Many end with victories, while others pass fighting an honorable battle until the end. There is one common theme though, a strong family, banding together to help their child in need.

For almost two and a half years we were blessed to share Holden’s story as he carried on his day to day fight. In his passing we carry his fight in spirit through the foundation created in his name.

This is why I am supporting Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies and the Walk for Winnie 



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