Welcome to our fundraising page for #teamjosiah!!!We are the Sanarez family from Big Island, Hawaii.
April 2014, I was flown up to San Diego to await the birth of our heart hero Josiah. He was born on May 16, 2014 with HLHS (Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome). At 4 days old, Josiah had his first open heart surgery at Rady Children's hospital in San Diego. Followed by several more.
After Josiah's 4th open heart surgery in 2016, he had failed extubation on several attempts and it was decided that he needed to get a trach and be on a ventilator which he went home on... this prevented us from being able to fly back home to Hawaii and so we made the permanent move here in San Diego. Little did we know at the time, this was a Blessing. Josiah's heart had just been working and fighting as hard as it could and after many tests and procedures, we found out that the next step on Josiah's journey would be needing a heart transplant.
On April 5, 2018, Josiah was placed on the organ transplant list. After 134 days, Josiah received his Angel Heart on Friday August 17, 2018.
It is hard for any parent to lay their child in a surgeon/doctor/nurses arms and trust them with your childs life. But over these 4 years, we feel we have been in THE BEST care for our son. We have complete trust in this hospital and all the staff that has taken care of Josiah.
We feel our son is doing so well and has come this far with all of the medical advancements. It is our time to give back. Help us raise money for this non-profit hospital to help them keep up the amazing care they not only give our son, but every child there. All money donated goes to the Heart Institute at Rady Children's hospital. Thank you!!!