2017 Congenital Heart Walk & Why I’m so Involved

Contributed by: Emily Lucido Emily Lucido

 Photo Source: http://www.congenitalheartwalk.org/

Photo Source: http://www.congenitalheartwalk.org/

My name is Emily and I work as a client service associate here at The Center. I’m honored and proud to announce that The Center will be one of many sponsoring the Congenital Heart Walk in September of this year. This is something that means a lot to me and I feel so happy to work for a place that is so supportive.

Congenital Heart Disease, more commonly known as CHD, is the most common birth defect in the U.S. with nearly 1 in 100 babies born with CHDs each year. I was one of those babies many years back, which is why I am here promoting the walk today. I was born with a heart condition that affects my right ventricle. The name of my condition is pulmonary atresia – but I’ll spare you from any more medical terminology. I had open heart surgery when I was born and 2 more surgeries after that, all before the age of 3. I now live a very healthy life and am becoming more involved volunteering with heart related programs.

The Center jumped on the idea to be involved in the heart walk and exceeded my expectations when they offered to sponsor and support me (and everyone else out there!) who has Congenital Heart Disease as well. CHD research and programs are severely underfunded. The Congenital Heart Walk aims to correct this problem.

The Congenital Heart Walk (CHW) is the only national event series dedicated to fighting congenital heart disease. Since 2010, CHW has raised more than $8 million. CHW is a partnership between the two leading national organizations dedicated to fighting CHD – The Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF) and the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA).

The information for the event is listed below:

  • Date: Saturday, September 23, 2017
  • Location: Boulan Park – Troy, MI
  • Event Schedule: Festivities begin at 9:00 AM
  • Expected attendance: 1,000 + Participants
  • Visit: www.congenitalheartwalk.org for more information!

I will be speaking at the Congenital Heart Walk this year, which is a huge honor for me. For those of you who would like to come support and walk with us at The Center, join by registering with the link below. If you have any trouble accessing the website or registering, please feel free to give me (Emily) a call.

To register for the walk with The Center Team follow this link:


I truly appreciate you taking the time to read about my story and the Congenital Heart Walk. Thank you all for your support.  We look forward to walking with you in the fall!

Emily Lucido is a Client Service Associate at Center for Financial Planning, Inc.®

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