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Stair Stepping for Hannah's Heart
"stepping" up to the plate




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Hannah Grace Shultz was born on July 13th, 2013 with a very rare heart condition, Hypo Plastic Left Heart Syndrome that causes the left side of the heart not to function. She immediately underwent the first of three planned open-heart surgeries. A few months later, she had the second. She has progressed well and is now a happy and healthy 18 month old giggly toddler. She loves cuddles, laughing with her big sister Addie, cookies, and Let it Go!".


fam 512 x 340On December 30th 2014, while on vacation with her family in Delaware, Hannah became ill and was taken to the A.I. DuPont Children's Hospital in Wilmington. She eventually went into cardiac arrest due to an extremely rare blood clot in her heart and CPR was performed for 55 minutes. Once stable it was determined that her heart could no longer function on its own, so on January 2nd, she underwent surgery to receive a mechanical heart called the Berlin Heart. This external heart is keeping her alive while she, and her family, waits for a heart transplant.


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Getting Hannah a new heart is the only way she will be able to leave the Hospital in Delaware, which can take up  to a year. During this time her sister Addie will be staying in Fredericksburg with her Grandparents and visiting her Family on the weekends. The YMCA wants to show our love and support for this family and assist them in any way that we can.



walker 357 x 600 Beth's parents, Mike and Mary DiSalvo, have been loyal members to the Massad Family YMCA for over 30 years. Our CEO and staff are "stepping" up to the plate in a "Stair-Stepping" challenge to raise money for Hannah and her family as well as show our support for our long-time members. We want to do what it takes to help this family.


You can participate by donating money for every minute that Barney is on the Stair Stepper. We will warn you, he can go anywhere from 40-50 minutes :-). Barney is determined to show the community that Beth and Hannah have a family here at the Y, and it is essential that we rally together.

For more information, or if you would like to help, please contact
Devlin Richards at :
540-371-9622 ext. 1025 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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Pouches' Community Corner

Adoptive parents in Fredericksburg now have a new partner on their journey to a healthy family. In 2016, Children’s Home Society was awarded a $125,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Social Services to extend their Richmond area post-adoptive services to the Fredericksburg area.


Now CHS is looking to find adoptive families in the area who need support before they hit a crisis point. “It doesn’t matter which agency they adopted from, or when that happened,” said Buckheit. “We want to offer a lifetime of support to adoptive families in the Fredericksburg area, especially those who haven’t been aware of our services in the past.”