Monday, February 6, 2012

CHD Awareness Week

CHD Awareness Week kicks off tomorrow! From February 7-14th, The Mommy Chase and Team Carter will be solely dedicated to CHD Awareness. I encourage all of my readers to spread awareness to educate others on CHD and for those who donate $5 to the Children’s Heart Foundation between tomorrow and the 14th, and if you e-mail me a copy of your receipt, you will be entered in a prize drawing to win a delicious Ultimate Red Velvet Cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory. All you have to do is donate $5 to the CHF via and e-mail me the receipt at Also, starting tomorrow we’re also going to be wearing red for the entire week. Send me a photo of you wearing red and I’ll post it right here on Team Carter's blog. Support the CHD Community and spread the word!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

RECAP :: Strike for Hearts Bowl-a-thon

We did it! Not only did we meet our goal — we surpassed it! 

Thank you to our sponsors, volunteers, bowlers and donors, who helped make Strike for Hearts a success.  With your generous support, you helped to bring awareness to the CHD community.  

We had 96 bowlers fantastic bowlers participate in Team Carter's 1st Annual Strike for Hearts Bowl-a-thon to help raise funds for the Children's Heart Foundation.  Our goal was to raise $3,000, but thanks to all of our supporters we surpassed that goal and raised nearly $5,000.  We couldn't possibly have done this without the help from our community. 

Big thanks to our sponsors: 
Best Buy
Art of Framing
The Big Top Child Care Center
Baked & Wired

ALTA For Hearts
ALTA <3'S Carter
Bowl So Hard University
Super Bowl
Team Conney
Team Adelphi
Team Sietta
Maravilla Inc
Team Steph

Once again, a huge THANK YOU for all of your wonderful support! 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Team Carter's 1st Annual Strike for Hearts Bowl-a-Thon

Team Carter's 1st Annual Strike for Hearts Bowl-a-Thon
Saturday, December 3, 2011 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (ET)
Laurel, MD
On the one-year anniversary of the death of our son, Carter, we would like to ask our entire community to join us in the fight against CHDs. Bowlers, non-bowlers, corporate teams, neighbors and families can get in on the action of this bowling event to raise funds for the Children’s Heart Foundation. Everyone is invited to join the fun with our first annual bowl-a-thon to "strike out" CHDs. See below to register or download a registration form by clicking here. There is a six person maximum per team. If you register up to six people, that automatically places you as a High Roller sponsor. Your entry fee includes bowling from 2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M., bowling shoes for each team member. For sponosorship opportunties please contact Erica Hampton at The Children’s Heart Foundation is the country’s leading organization solely committed to CHD research. Our goal is to raise $3000 for research, educational programs, and advocacy and patient services.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Strike for Hearts Bowl-a-thon :: Sponsors Needed

Sponsors are needed for the 1st Annual Team Carter "Strike for Hearts" Bowl-a-Thon on Saturday, December 3, 2011. The goal is to raise $3,000 to benefit the Children's Heart Foundation a not-for-profit organization that funds the most promising research to advance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of congenital heart defects. Please contact Erica at for more information. #TeamCarCar

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Making a Change

On Thursday, May 19th, 2011 Maryland's House Bill 714/Senate Bill 786 were signed into law by Governor Martin O. Malley. What does this all mean you ask? This bill helps babies born in the state of Maryland receive the proper screening for Congenital Heart Disease and will kick into law starting July 1, 2011.

I can't tell you how overjoyed I was to hear this great news, but at that same moment, my heart ached for Carter- wishing I had been more aware of this disease and that they had passed this law a little sooner.

BIG THANKS and LOVE to the Easley's, Dr. Martin and anyone else that worked so hard on getting this bill passed. Because of your hard work and dedication many lives will be saved.

We Walked!

This past Sunday I walked along with 300 other individuals, on the campus of American University on a mission to end Congenital Heart Disease.

We walked, we moseyed, we strolled, I danced (hehe) down the sidewalk to help raise funding for CHD research.

Dr. Mary T. Donofrio who is an advocate supporter for the Congenital Heart Community came out spoke to the crowd.

Team Carter raised a total of $1500. Our original goal was $500. God is GOOD!

Overall, Team Carter along with the help of other teams raised over $68,000 (and counting)...beautiful!

Friday, March 18, 2011


*UPDATE* Team Carter has surpassed our goal! In just one week we managed to raise over $1300. Words are not enough to truly express my gratitude. My family and I are forever grateful!

As many of you know, on December 1, 2010, my son, Carter, passed away from a congenital heart defect called coronary arteries anomalies. We are starting Team Carter to benefit the Congenital Heart Walk. I would like to ask for your support by either joining the team or sending in your tax-deductible donation today!

Here are just some of the facts: Nearly two million children and adults are living with a congenital heart defect (CHD) in the United States. Each year approximately 40,000 babies are born with a CHD, making it the country’s #1 birth defect. At least 10% of all congenital heart defects are first found in adulthood. Thanks to increases in survival rates, the number of adults living with a CHD raises by 5% a year and adults with CHDs are living longer, fuller lives than ever before. Your support will continue our progress.

The Congenital Heart Walk is a joint effort between the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA) and the Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF)! This effort will raise funds to help both organizations continue their missions.

Fighting congenital heart defects for our family is personal. Please support our efforts by joining the team or making a donation today by clicking here.

Thanks in advance.