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Lace Up for Anika: Run for a Hearty Cause on May 26

by on May 21st, 2012

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We all want to make a difference in people’s lives. So what do you think of making a difference in ONE person’s life? More like one little girl’s life. Will you run for Anika?


Anika, now 5 years old, is a baby girl who has a single ventricle loosely translates to having a HALF HEART.


A ‘unity run’ organized by Team Breathe Hope along with Breathe Hope Runners to help save a toddler’s heart and give her a brighter life.



Lace Up



What: Lace Up for Anika: Run for a Hearty Cause

When: May 26, 2012 at 5am

Where: Mall of Asia Concert Grounds

Race Categories: 3k and 6k

Registration Fee: 200 Php for all categories

Where to Register:

  • Pre-register HERE. but you still need to register ON SITE on race day
  •  On site Registration will start at 4am


Beneficiary:  5-year old Anika’s heart



More about Anika’s medical condition:

The 2d echo showed that she had a Single Ventricle defect (basically half a heart), a rare type of CHD (Congenital Heart Defect) with other heart defects such as:


  • Single Ventricle – A complex heart defect that results in one of the heart’s pumping chambers (ventricles) being underdeveloped.
  • Dextrocardia – is a congenital defect in which the heart is situated on the right side of the body; a otherwise harmless condition. Or refers to the heart being a mirror image situated on the right side.
  • Pulmonary Valve Atresia –She has a small pulmonary artery. Blood can’t flow from the right ventricle into the pulmonary artery and on to the lungs so low-oxygen (bluish) blood mixes with the oxygen-rich (red) blood in the left atrium.
  • Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) – also known as a “hole in the heart”. Is a congenital heart defect in which the wall that separates the upper heart chambers (atria) does not close completely.”


Anika one year ago


With this, a unity run was organized for Anika’s heart. A fee of 200 will bring BIG changes in her life. Lending a hand couldn’t be this fulfilling!


If you want to help her live a better life, come & run for her!


Have a heart, save hers!


For updates on Anika’s condition, visit her blog at:


For more info, visit the events page HERE

or contact Raianne at


Cheryl Villareal is a preschool teacher and the owner/ editor-in-chief of On weekdays, she could be found teaching her little tots while Sundays are her workout days. She easily enjoys simple things and loves experiencing new things! Her blog is simply a way for her to share these experiences with people. Besides her blog, she also contributes and writes various articles on Follow her on Twitter

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