Just 24 hours after Avery Mathews was born, doctors discovered something was wrong with her heart. One of her valves was completely closed and something needed to be done quickly to save her life.
Avery was transported by ambulance to Cincinnati Children's for expert care by the specialists of the Heart Institute. She was admitted to the Cardiac ICU where she spent the first 10 days of her life.
"We didn't know before she was born that anything was wrong," says Ron, Avery's dad. "We didn't have a chance to do any research on cardiologists or anything. We were lucky that Cincinnati Children's turned out to be the best place for her."
That's why the Mathews family participated in Cincinnati Walks for kids.
"It's a way for us to give back to the hospital because of the good experience we've had," says Amity, Avery's mom. "We want to support the good work they do."
The Mathews family enjoys participating in the walk and fundraising to help Cincinnati Children's care for kids like Avery. But the event represents even more to the family - it's a chance to enjoy time together and to meet other families who may be on a similar journey.
"For me, it's an emotional experience to meet other families and connect with others who are going through or have gone through similar experiences," Amity says.
Join Avery, her sister Ella, and her mom and dad this year at Cincinnati Walks for Kids!