Tyson Hugh Hooper

Tyson Hugh Hooper
Our son, Tyson Hugh Hooper, was born with coarctation of the aorta, hypoplastic arch, and a transitional avsd. His first open heart surgery reconstructed his aorta and was on day 9 of life. His second open heart repair was not anticipated to be needed until two or three years of age. Ty had other plans. We spent the vast majority of his first 3 months of life at Vanderbilt as he went into heart failure and was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension. As a result, the medical team concluded that he needed the repair much sooner than usually recommended, and at just shy of 3 months old Ty underwent his second life saving open heart surgery. God has already worked so many miracles in Ty's life and the life of our family and we know he is using our story. Because of this, we are grateful for Ty's special heart and feel beyond blessed that God chose us to travel this road. We ask for prayers as Ty continues to heal. We are praying for a full recovery and life without restrictions for Ty. We are praying for God to use our family and Ty for His glory.

Thank you to each and every person who supports us through prayer, giving, or just by loving on our family! We are humbled and blessed by all of the ways the Lord is providing for us and know that he is using Ty and his story to do great things!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

3 more weeks and 1/3 there....

We are so happy to announce that with three weeks left until delivery, we are 1/3 of the way to our fundraising goal of $15,000.

This weekend we were blessed beyond belief with two major strides toward our goal.  In addition to so many personal donations to Ty, we had two fundraisers come rolling in.  

The first was our Pampered Chef fundraiser that we have been blasting on facebook.  Our grand total from the facebook Pampered Chef party was $400.25.  I was blown away with all of the support and so grateful to Sarah Basham with The Pampered Chef for facilitating this fundraiser!  I also have to give a HUGE shout out to my sister who had the idea in the first place and got everything organized.  I also can't not mention my mom, sister-in-law, and Anne for helping publicize and being the ship to addresses to help us get products where they belong when they come in!  I appreciate each of you and the role you played to make this fundraiser FUN and a success!

The second fundraiser to come in this weekend was the Gallatin Country Club 3rd Annual Chili Cook Off!  This one was a total surprise to Chris and I when we found out they were doing it just a week ago.  The woman's golf association there started this annual event, but this year decided to honor us with the proceeds.  Not only was this a fun night of friends, great food, and fun, we brought home a whopping $600 for Ty!  We were truly blown away by everyone's kindness and generosity.

I have to thank our wonderful neighbor-friends who asked the girls to stay for a sleep over while Chris and I went to the Chili Cook off.  The girls were both SO excited to have a sleep over with them.  They each packed their own suitcases full of stuffed animals and games.  Ava Grace was bouncing off the walls and shouting at the top of her lungs when we dropped them off.  They had THE BEST time and although Chris and I were home by 8:00, we enjoyed a "night off" worry free knowing the girls were right across the street and well taken care of.

In other news:
Ty got a check up on Thursday and passed with flying colors!  His MFM gave his ultrasound an 8 out of 8!  Everything looks so very healthy with the exception of his heart.  We officially scheduled our induction for March 24 and got all of those details together.  From here on out I'll be making the trip to Nashville twice a week for checkups on me and on Ty.  I'm not looking forward to all the driving, gas, and time spent at at the doctors offices, but I am glad that Vanderbilt is so very on top of things and keeping a good eye on us!  That also means I'll have more frequent updates to share as well.

I offer a most heartfelt thanks to all who continue to lift our family and Ty up in prayer!  I also thank everyone who has felt led to give.  We are truly amazed at how God is at work in the life of our family and Ty and all around us.  He is providing in so many ways both financially and by filling us with peace as we wait for our little guy's arrival!