This week on Sunday Countdown Carolina Panther's Tight End Greg Olsen shared his story about having a child born with Hypo-Plastic Left Heart Syndrome. Please check out this video and help Jameson's Army!
Thanks to the DVE listeners, The 5th annual DVE Rocks Childrens Radiothon was able to raise $534,671.00!! The generocity of Pittsburghers is truly humbling. Thank you to everyone who donated money or volunteered your time. You have helped these wonderful children get the care they need and have provided priceless support for their families. THANK YOU!!!!!!
During the Radiothon I had the pleasure of meeting an amazing little boy named Jameson. He was born without the left side of his heart. I was inspired by his strength and became a proud member of Jameson's Army! Please check out this amazing story and become a member of Jameson's Army!
Our Story.... I'm Danielle McKain, and I'm Jameson's mother. When I was 18 weeks pregnant and went for my sonogram, my husband Patrik and I were told that our child was going to be born with a Congenital Heart Disorder called Hypo Plastic Left Heart Syndrome. He would be born without the left side of his heart. We were told at that time he would undergo 3 open heart surgeries (Norwood, Glenn and Fontane surgeries) to help create a bypass. The 1st surgery would be performed at 5 days old. He had his second at 3 months old. Unfortunately due to complications, he underwent a 3rd and 4th in December of 2010. After recovering and spending 4 months in Children’s Hospital Of Pittsburgh, we were able to go home. After 5 months at home, the discussion of Heart Transplant started due to Jameson’s health beginning to deteriorate. His heart was working too hard and it was starting to affect his other organs. He also had some leakage in his Tricuspid valve. On June 24, 2011 Jameson was placed on the heart transplant list. On July 20th he was admitted into the hospital due to his sickness getting worse. Finally in mid-August we received a life changing call that a new heart was accepted for Jameson. Following the transplant, Jameson spent 4 weeks in CHP recovering and then we were on our way home! Currently Jameson has been enjoying growing, eating, physical therapy, playing and most of all his big brother Colin. We take one day at a time with a lot of follow up biopsies and clinic trips to CHP but all in all Jameson is recovering nicely!
OUR MISSION.... Jameson’s Army is a non-profit organization whose mission is to raise awareness and funding for children and families affected by congenital heart disease and those who support them. The Army make monthly drop offs at the CICU and Heart Center. Monthly drop offs consist of bottled water, snacks, and other necessities to make their stay at CHP more pleasant.