10 Marathons in 10 Days to Support Research on Congenital Heart Defects

10 marathons in 10 days… imagine the mental and physical training that goes into that kind of a challenge

That’s exactly what Babies Heart Fund board member Lorenzo Sargenti and BHF supporter Federico Guglielmone are undertaking over the next week and a half to raise money and awareness for Columbia’s Department of Pediatric Cardiology - a cause so important to them that they wanted to do something BIG.

This year Covid-19 had made fundraising extremely challenging, so Lorenzo and Federico are embarking on the challenge of a lifetime. Pushing body and mind to the limit to support this important cause and make sure they continue to raise awareness and funds for key research on congenital heart defects. 

Starting on October 29, 2020 and culminating on November 7, 2020, Lorenzo and Federico will run a total of 262.18 miles, each completing a full marathon every other day while making their way from Montauk to the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital in upper Manhattan, with stops in East Hampton, Southampton, Brooklyn, Westchester, New Jersey and other spots in the Tri-state area.

We encourage you to follow their journey via Instagramlearn more and donate if you are able. 

Please help us in wishing them the best of luck and check your email for updates over the next 10 days!

The Babies Heart Fund Mission

Lorenzo Sargenti’s daughter Charlotte was born with a severe congenital heart defect about two years ago, which was diagnosed during pregnancy. Open heart surgery was required to save her life at just 5 days old. Thanks to the incredible work at New York Presbyterian Hospital and the Columbia University medical team, she is now a strong two year old and has been given the opportunity to live a normal life. But not every child is as fortunate as Charlotte. 

Lorenzo Sargenti and his extended family started supporting the Babies Heart Fund about two years ago as they quickly realized that Charlotte’s story was not just her story. Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defect, impacting about 40,000 babies in the US alone and remains today the leading cause of birth defects related deaths worldwide, accounting for more than 1 of every 5 infant deaths.

The role that the Babies Heart Fund has played over the past 25 years has been exceptional, but so much more is needed, to both understand the causes of congenital heart defects, and reduce the need of surgical intervention. Most of medical research and surgical innovations need to be funded through donations as funding is very limited. The impact that this research has is profound, saving lives and giving these babies a chance to live! 

The Team

Lorenzo Sargenti - Runner

Federico Guglielmone - Runner

Trish Stallone - Sports Physical Therapist & Running Coach

Dr Chrisomalis-Dring - Nutritionist

Rick Sharpell - Massage Therapist

Source: Lorenzo Sargenti

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Categories: Cardiology Heart Disease

Tags: charity, children, congenital heart defects, donate, marathons, research