November 7, 2014

The Size of Your Heart

In the last couple months, I have a renewed faith in the human spirit and its capacity for kindness and generosity. It's amazing the capacity of some people's hearts when they have a cause to champion. 

I recently shared that my friends have begun down a life-long heart transplant journey with their two-year-old daughter. They've taken full-time residency at the hospital, CHOA Egleston, here in Atlanta waiting for the phone call that will give little Mallory a chance for a normal life. They're waiting for a heart to become available. Now as you can probably imagine, there is a lot of pain and courage and prayer needed not only for Mallory but for the donor's family. Mallory's new chance at life does not come without a struggle for another family. A family that will lose a precious child and in do so will provide life for Mallory. 

To come to terms with this reality is almost impossible for me to comprehend as a mother. So instead I have set my sights on God's plan for my friends and their daughter. Her life is precious and she is fighting for it now like never before. We patiently wait and we trust in God's plan. 

But the reality is that Mallory's heart is too big for her tiny body She will likely need three heart transplants over the span of her life and with each transplant comes a series of obstacles from health-related concerns to financial obligations. 

The length of Mallory’s hospital stay will be determined by a complicated algorithm prioritizing other children in need, blood types, health issues and most importantly organ availability. Mallory's condition is so severe that she is at the top of that list, but still the average wait time for a heart ranges anywhere from three months to a year. That is a year of hospital living, a year of parents dividing their time between their heartbroken angel and their energetic, older daughter. That is a year of deductibles and copays and some uninsurable expenses. That is a year that both parents need to somehow maintain their full-time jobs in order to make ends meet at home while also staying day and night with Mallory. 

Here is a glimpse of Mallory's story.

Our goal for Mallory is garner 100,000 prayers, 100,000 shares and 100,000 dollars. We need prayers for health, courage and strength, shares to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation and $100,000 to help cover transplant-related expenses. When you donate to COTA in honor of Mallory Kate, 100% of the funds contributed will assist with Mallory's transplant-related expenses now and throughout her lifetime. 

The blogging community is a powerful and tight-knit group that has raised money and awareness for a variety of needing charities and individuals. I'm asking you to find it in your heart to share Mallory's story with your reader and your community. 

See more at: #FollowHerHeart 

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Be Blessed,
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