CALLIE CHIROFF: PROJECT BUBBALOO

SpearHead Conversations Podcast

Feb 2 2024 • 1 hr 25 mins

In the latest episode of Xavier Mercado engages in a heartfelt dialogue with Callie Chiroff. Their conversation delves into Callie's poignant journey, centering on her son Theo's battle with congenital heart disease. From Theo's dramatic premature delivery to a challenging heart surgery at 32 weeks, Callie narrates the emotional rollercoaster that culminated in the heartbreaking decision to let him go after six months of relentless struggle. Callie's resilience in the face of adversity becomes evident as she transforms her grief into purpose by establishing Project Bubbaloo. Named affectionately after Theo's nickname, the project serves as a beacon of support for CHD research and offers resources for children in hospital care. Callie's commitment shines through as Project Bubbaloo funds developmental toys and kits, providing solace and entertainment for young patients undergoing challenging medical journeys. The narrative takes a deeper turn as Callie shares personal experiences and sheds light on her transition from a nursing career to academia. This career shift becomes a pivotal part of her journey, amplifying her dedication to improving the lives of children with CHD. Collaborating with healthcare institutions like Children's Wisconsin, Callie's work extends beyond Project Bubbaloo, fostering partnerships that aim to enhance the support system for families navigating the complexities of congenital heart diseases. In this episode, the intertwining threads of Callie's story paint a vivid picture of compassion, resilience, and a determined pursuit of positive change in the lives of those affected by congenital heart diseases. Her narrative in this episode serves as both an emotional testament to her personal journey and an inspiring call to action for the broader community to join hands in supporting this vital cause.

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