Help the Charlie Girl family celebrate Clark Hillestad! He’s now at home with his family, and growing, thanks to the expert efforts of Children’s Hospital, Minneapolis. He’s slowly weening off of many high-powered medications, and will likely not need another heart surgery for a couple of years.



Clark was born in July of 2017, and due to early detection, his heart defects were already known. This allowed the medical team and his parents, Andrew and Brianna, to approach his early challenges with a plan. Clark was born with Tricuspid Atresia, TGA, Coarctation of the Aorta, Tracheomalacia, and Vocal Chord Paresis. He survived his first open heart surgery at a mere five days old. Things are looking up.



Thanks to the generosity of donors like you, The Charlie Girl Foundation has been able to offer support to this happy little heart warrior and hisfamily. At the moment, he’s eating well, and spends a lot of time laughing with his older brother, Oliver. But as with all children with heart defects, the medical challenges, and family stresses are many. So, your continued prayer and support is greatly appreciated.



Your help is so much more than dollars. Trauma can be isolating, but the incredible community of support that you’ve help build at A Charlie Girl Foundation brings warmth and joy to the Hillestads and families of      other heart warriors. Keep checking in with us, for future updates, and for news on this year’s benefit dinner on September 20th.