Taking it to the TODAY Show

August 4, 2010
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Watch the TODAY Show on Thursday, August 5, 2010 to see Angee and Riley!

Angie Brock and her children

This past January, Angee Brock, a member and coordinator for Mended Little Hearts of Mississippi, discovered the TODAY Show’s “Everyone Has A Story” contest while looking for ways to spread CHD awareness.  Immediately, Angee knew this was the perfect opportunity to share her daughter’s story of her fight with CHD.  She wrote an essay and sent photos to paint the picture of their struggle to keep Riley alive, her treatments and surgery over the past two years, the ways she has found to help her cope and what she hopes and expects the future to hold for Riley.

Two year old Riley is a CHD warrior, an adorable little girl with blond hair and blue eyes, an infectious smile and a stubbornness that helps her hold her own with three older siblings.  She has been through so much to survive her journey with CHD.  Angee is an amazing single mother who works hard to raise her four children and keep her youngest alive and healthy.  She is also very passionate about spreading awareness of CHD and helping other families who are traveling the same journey as her family is on.
After submitting her story in January, Angee forgot all about it as time passed and she didn’t hear anything back from the

Riley Brock - Congenital Heart Defect Warrior!

TODAY Show.  At the end of July, she received an email from one of the producers.  The next day, Angee had a phone interview with the same producer and was told she was one of three finalists for the opportunity to win a trip to New York to tell Riley’s story live on the TODAY Show.  On Monday, August 2, 2010, Angee found out while on the phone live with the show, that Riley’s story was chosen as the winner!  Out of over 5,000 entries, Angee’s story about her daughter was chosen as the top story of how something had changed her life and led her to work to make a difference in the world.  Angee and her children left the following morning for New York City, where they will appear live on the TODAY Show on Thursday, August 5, 2010 to tell Riley’s story and help spread awareness of CHD.  This just goes to show that one person CAN make a difference and each opportunity to spread awareness, big or small, can help lead to more ways to get our message of support, encouragement, hope and education out to as many people as possible.

Submitted by: Erin Marshall Ayscue and Kristi Pena

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2 Responses to Taking it to the TODAY Show

  1. Bea
    August 5, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    What a wonderful story! I am amazed at how many children/families are affected by CHD. Keep up the good work on spreading awareness!!

  2. Tami Carter
    August 6, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    I missed the show. Is there anyway I can see it online?
    Thanks