Thursday, September 20, 2007

Heart Walk Blues

I am feeling so conflicted! The American Heart Association is having their annual Heart Walk here on the 29th. A friend of mine is coming into town that weekend not only for the walk but for Tommy's party. If anyone knows me personally, they will know that I cannot STAND the AHA. I have LOTS of reasons, but the number one reason is that they only donate 1 cent of every dollar raised to congenital heart defects. That is pitiful to me. I have other charities I would rather donate to. The Children's Heart Foundation donates 100% to CHD research, and Tommy's surgeon is a member.

So back to the Heart Walk. I decided to participate in the walk because it is the ONLY thing we have locally to recognise our kids with heart defects. I'd love to start a local group just for heart kids, but I just don't have the strength or time right now. The walk for the kids is only a half mile and we are at the tail end of the "official" walk. Yep, use our kids for the billboards and posters then leave them out in the cold....

I logged onto the AHA website and registered Tommy and me to walk. It's "requested" that we raise a minimum of $50 so Tommy can have a "free" teeshirt that says "Heart Survivor". I figure the kid at least deserves a tee shirt after all he's been through! Great, so now I have to get donations for a charity that I can't stand to be associated with! I send out an email to my family and friends asking for their help. I called them in advance to explain why I was doing what I was doing and asked them to pass it on to whomever they thought would help. The website automatically sets our donation goal to $150 dollars. I figure if I can get 10 people to send in $5 dollars each, then at least Tommy will get the tee shirt. (He should get it just for being alive in my opinion...)

So now it's been 3 days and NOBODY has donated anything! I'm so conflicted! Am I secretly pleased that the AHA cannot use my child for bait for donations for something that will never benefit him? Or am I mad that he won't be getting that stinkin' tee shirt that he EARNED by surviving two open heart surgeries???

I was going to post the link to our page, but in all honesty, I'd rather design him my own tee shirt to show off at the walk. Greedy b@stards shouldn't be making me use my child for bait and switch! Give your money to the Children's Heart Foundation instead. I will add their link in the left column.


Awesome Mom said...

I say make your own, I am sure you would do a better and cuter job any way.

Samantha said...

Go to Cafe and buy him an adorable t-shirt that says...
My heart was fixed (front)
But I've always been perfect (back)
The money goes to (you can also buy the shirts on their site)
The money goes to CHD, I believe they are $10!
I hear you with the AHA--I don't like them either! I too am disguisted that they do not give to the kids.

Samantha said...

One more thing...he should get a free t-shirt since he is such a strong boy! UGH!!!!

Diagram of Tommy's Heart Defects

Diagram of Tommy's Heart Defects
Double Inlet Left Ventricle with Transpostion of the Great Arteries