I'm running my very first half marathon to raise money for the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA).

I was born in 1981 with a congenital heart defect (CHD) known as Tetralogy of Fallot; and I had my first (and, so far, only) open heart surgery at the age of eight months. I am very fortunate to enjoy a healthy and active life that is somewhat unusual for people with a CHD. I have completed a few multi-day bicycle rides, including the 7-day, 560-mile AIDS/LifeCycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles, in 2010. I am now training for the Chicago Half Marathon, my first-ever running endurance event, in order to increase awareness for CHD and to raise money for the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA), a national nonprofit that seeks to improve the quality of life and extend the lives of adults with congenital heart defects.

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