You might be asking yourself, what is MOHF? MOHF stands for the Mighty Oakes Heart Foundation, which was set up for our amazing nephew that left this earth way to soon. In his short time in our world he taught us to be Mighty and fight the great fight to the bitter end. This little miracle fought mightily and he lives on through many others that have benefited from MOHF. Super women seem to be abundant in my wifes family and none more super than Oakes mother. She took this tragedy and turned it into a legacy that will transcend the months we got to spend with him. I will never be able to verbalize what this cause does and would never try. Please visit www.mightyoakes.org and learn about their amazing story and what they do for the community. The short of it is they raise money to support families of babies with congenital heart defects. These monies go to help pay mortgages, car payments, hotel costs, etc. These hurdles can destroy a family, but you have to be there for your kids and every thing else comes second. That is very brief and does not do justice to their cause.
Every year, around this time, they have a fundraising 5k. The beauty of this event is you don’t have to be in St. Louis to participate! We decided, due to the pregnancy, that our whole family would not be able to make the trek. Our office held our own event in our city! We have two MOHF recipient families in our practice and their stories are not short of amazing as well. Not a day goes by that we don’t have a handful of healthy kids that come through our practice living with a congenital heart defect. It has, or will, touch each of your lives and we can all make a difference by reaching out to organizations like MOHF. Its not always about the monetary gift, its making things happen for others that makes the difference.
I love this family of ours and daily take that 10,000 foot view to see how lucky I am to have each of them in my life. Oakes is just one more example of the reasons to live this life like tomorrow will never come.