Ethan Osterman is an almost-18-month old, beautiful, happy, healthy little boy. He hasn't always been so healthy; in fact, his life has been a challenge since before he took his first breath. He's undergone multiple open heart surgeries and procedures and, in April 2013, a heart transplant! Ethan overcame more in his first 17 months than most grown adults ever have. On Saturday, June 29, in conjunction with the Children's Organ Transplant Association (COTA), TopGolf Allen worked to put on a silent auction fundraiser recognizing Ethan. The event was held in honor of his struggles and perseverance against all odds. More than 50 people attended the event, and between the admission cost and silent auction, COTA raised more than $10,000 for Ethan!
Here's more about Ethan's incredible journey in this excerpt from the COTA website:
Ethan was born on Feb. 17, 2012, to his incredible parents, Lauren and Jake Osterman. His journey is hard to put into words. It's difficult to imagine such a small boy going through what he has endured his first year of life. Yet, if you take away the IV tube that follows him, you wouldn't have known he was in need of a life-saving heart transplant. Instead, you would see a brave little boy with piercing blue eyes and a smile so big it'll leave an imprint on your heart. Ethan has been through more surgeries, hospital visits, medical procedures and days of uncertainty than most of us can possibly imagine. His wonderful parents continue to guide him through each day with a courage and strength that is nothing short of inspirational.
Ethan's parents found out before he was born that he had a rare congenital heart defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS). They knew that he would have to fight to live practically all of his life. At that point, they knew his name would be Ethan. It means strong, safe and long-lived. HLHS means that the left side of Ethan's heart is underdeveloped. He has just one functioning ventricle. When Ethan joined this world, Lauren, Jake and an incredible team at Children's Medical Center in Dallas already had a medical plan in place. The plan would include three heart surgeries and several other medical procedures along the way.
On Feb. 25, 2012, Ethan had his first open-heart surgery -- he was just eight days old. After this surgery, Ethan was kept on paralyzing medication and monitored while his chest was kept "open" for approximately 48 hours. When he awoke, he was immediately given a breathing apparatus and a feeding tube via his nose.
To read more about this amazing little boy and ways you can help, visit www.cotaforethano.com. To learn more about how you can host a fundraising or other event at TopGolf, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.