Be a part of the biggest event at Children’s and help make a difference for many of our cardiovascular patients. Heartbeat 5000, a chip-timed 5K run/walk takes place on Saturday, June 21 at the scenic Father Hennepin Bluffs Park in Minneapolis. More than 2,900 people are expected to participate with teams of friends, family and coworkers coming together to support this great cause.

Miles Heartbeat5000 2013

The Petersons are some of the many who will be there. Beth and her husband, Marshall, first learned about the event two years ago during an extended stay at Children’s. They saw flyers in the hallways following surgery for their son, Miles, who was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect soon after he was born. “We were overwhelmed with gratitude over the great care we received that we were compelled to get involved,” Beth says.

Beth decided to take her experience at Children’s to the next level. She now leads the employee team for Medtronic – a sponsor of the event since it first began 12 years ago. “I am passionate about supporting the cardiovascular care center because of the incredible gift they have given my family. Plus rallying my fellow coworkers around this cause is great fun!”

Working with fellow employees and attending the event with Marshall, Miles and their daughter Piper, has given her the opportunity to connect with other families who have had similar experiences. Through her efforts, Beth continues to meet people who want to share their stories and support the cause.

Miles is now two-years-old, and continues to receive follow-up care through regular visits to the Children’s Heart Clinic. Proactive and concerted care, a cross-team collaborative approach and extensive knowledge of Miles’s rare defect have all helped the family understand his condition and alleviate any fears.

“It is scary to learn that your child has a congenital heart defect. Children’s has the experience, staff, facility and outcomes that allow my family not to worry so much about tomorrow.”