Traveling to DC with the American Heart Association just two days before my birthday was not only an honor, but also a bittersweet experience. Since losing my son, Corbin, to heart defects and helping to pass a pulse ox bill in West Virginia, I have been blessed to be a part of the American Heart Association and to travel to events like this one. Being able to participate and help be a part of history is simply amazing.
During the application process I was praying to get selected and as once I was, I could not wait! During my two hour drive to the airport, I had a lot of time to think about how I got to this point in my life and the amazing opportunities I have been granted.
Corbin's short life has changed my whole world in sad ways, but also in good ways. I have become part of a loving and passionate group of parents, intent on saving babies' lives, and have also become part of something bigger than myself or Corbin: the world of advocacy.
When I arrived in DC, I was shocked to see the cherry blossoms blooming--a true sign from Corbin that this opportunity was part of what I am meant to do. I was excited to meet other advocates and volunteers to talk more about what I'm passionate about: pulse ox screening. I loved being able to talk to others who have been where I have and understand my passion.
I was proud to be the only representative from West Virginia and did my best to make a good impression and hopefully get support from our state's delegates! Afterwards I felt a huge sense of accomplishment and success. It was like a Corbin was right there with me.
I am a mother.
I am a wife.
I am an advocate.
I am Corbin's mom and I help save babies.