The Patrick Family

Choosing a name for a child is among the hardest decisions many parents can make. “Our middle son Griffin kept calling the baby Archie,” said Cortney. “The more we heard Archie, the more we liked it.”0511

The Patricks decided on the name Archer, one that would carry a greater meaning than they could predict. The word archer implies a type of warrior, which Archer would become during his family’s stay at Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte.

Archer was born in Sylva, North Carolina with a congenital heart defect (CHD) called Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA). The condition means the arch-shaped aorta and pulmonary valve are improperly connected and need to be “switched.”

At just eight days old, doctors performed an arterial switch on baby Archer at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte. Hours from home, the Patrick family relied on the House during Archer’s hospital stay. “It was such a weight off our shoulders,” said Cortney. “I instantly knew we had to do something to give back.”

T-shirts designed by a family friend with a target that read “Archer’s Heart Warriors” were sold and raised $4,000. The Patrick family donated it all back to the House.

“I knew our baby was going to have a bigger purpose on this earth,” said Cortney. The money donated and the awareness raised of the 1 in 100 children born with CHD confirms this. “We thank the House from the bottom of our hearts and are happy to be reminded of God’s unwavering love showing us the bright within the dark.”

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