My youngest son, Charlie (now 10) was born with a heart defect. The technical term is pulmonary atresia with an intact septum. Basically, he had a closed valve in his heart and a hole in his heart. Fortunately, he was born at California Pacific Medical Center where he had open-heart surgery when he was two days old. To see our CPMC story click here or visit CPMC’s website.

Since then, he has had three heart catheters and two open-heart surgeries.  Charlie just had his most recent heart surgery (August 11th, 2011) at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. His amazing surgeon, Dr. Frank Hanley, was able to repair his pulmonary and tricuspid valves.

We have had amazing doctors, fantastic nurses and received wonderful care. They all hold a really special place in my heart. For these reasons, I am donating a portion of the proceeds from my Weekly Planners, Notebooks & Postcards to Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. Charlie is doing very well and we take each day as it comes.