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This fundraiser ended on 11/05/12

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The next few months will be critical for Molly's little heart. Please join me to help ease the financial responsibility for the family.

S-Miles for Molly:

On November 4, I will be running the New York City Marathon. During the last few long training runs, I kept thinking about Molly and the Koschinska family. I wanted to help them out, but didn't know exactly how. Having grown up with Shannon (Molly's mom) and the Skrypek family, my thoughts and prayers are constantly with them, but I wanted to do something more. I will be running every Mile for Molly, and with your contribution, together we can help out this incredible family that has been through so much the last few months. After the marathon, I will send them a check of the consolidated amount to use as they see fit (e.g., groceries, medical bills, gas to the hospital).

*** Please do not pay the fee associated to your donation - we have a donor that is going to cover all fees.  ***

You can also send a check to my home address:  3016 Pierce Street, San Francisco, CA 94123 or send a "gift" through paypal:

A special thank you to Dorothy Franzen, Jim Pohl, Chris Makres, and Denny Roach for contributing offline donations totaling $205!!  

Molly's Story:

Molly Margaret joined the Koschinska family on Thursday, May 17, 2012. She was a healthy, beautiful little girl. Everything checked out fine that first day, and then on Friday when she was reexamined they told her parents that she had a slight heart murmur, but not to worry as it is common in newborns. Shannon (Molly's mom) tried not to worry, but of course she did. During Molly's discharge examination on Saturday morning, they said the murmur had gotten worse and they needed to check into it further. Within the next hour a tech from Children's Hospital was there doing an echo on Molly and then shortly after an ambulance was coming to take her to Children's Hospital in Minneapolis. Needless to say her family was shocked and scared. They then spent an emotional week in the NICU to find out that she had a complete AV (atrioventricular) canal defect. This means she had a large hole in the center of her heart and the two valves (tricuspid and mitral) that normally separate the heart's upper and lower chambers weren't formed as individual valves. Instead, she had a single large valve. She needed surgery to repair her little heart - On September 11, the surgery was completed. They were able to close the hole in her heart. Instead of patching both holes, they actually used one patch over both. Her mitral valve actually had two holes so he did the best repair that he could. There is still leaking which was to be expected. The next few months are critical. They need to watch it carefully and if she is not liking it she takes the next step...which most likely would be another surgery. So pray that her body accepts her newly repaired valve. Molly is at home now, but the next 6-8 weeks are going to be challenging for Molly and the family that is constantly there to support and love her. 

Go Molly Go!! <3

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