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Lucy's Labor of Love Fund

A personal campaign sponsored by Lucy Henglefelt

February 1, 2020

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Lucy is fundraising to help young mothers & women of all ages in our community fight heart disease!

What does it mean to have a Labor of Love? The dictionary states, “it is to benefit others rather than for material things.” Lucy Henglefelt’s story and passion encompass and define this exact perspective of the term, “Labor of Love.” 

If you would have asked Lucy what she loves most in her life she would tell you that it is her family above everything else. However, there’s a new passion unfolding for this busy mom, wife, and entrepreneur… it’s the Labor of Love she feels compelled to. The hope and passion for this calling is to educate and provide financial assistance for other women, specifically younger mother’s, in need of cardiovascular care. 

See, Lucy was 25 years old when she had her first-born son, Tate. Her pregnancy was without complication; no complaints. However, shortly after she had Tate (6) she began experiencing some dizziness, fatigue, and shortness of breath. All of these symptoms would periodically rear but subsided quite quickly, so Lucy thought nothing of it… she thought it was the newness and busyness of motherhood that had just blessed her. It wasn’t until six to 18 months after the birth of her second son, Cooper (5), that she really began to have more prominent and longer-lasting difficulties. Breaths were getting shorter, dizzy spells were more often, the fatigue was more overwhelming than ever before, and daily duties were becoming nearly impossible to complete. Finally, one night when cleaning with her husband, Lucy had to lay down because she felt like she needed to rest before moving on. While lying in bed she had such trouble breathing she propped up her upper body on pillows; but it still “felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest and I nearly passed out.” At this point, Lucy and her husband decided it was time to go to the Emergency Department. 

Lucy’s life, and her family’s, would forever change after that Emergency Department visit in July of 2016. Lucy was diagnosed with severe Systolic Congestive Heart Failure (CHF); Cardiomyopathy and Pulmonary Embolism. This diagnosis means a lot of monitoring, many doctor’s appointments which means traveling to and from, testing, medication management, and eventually the possibility of a heart transplant… all of these things on top of her already busy lifestyle. 

This true Labor of Love comes from knowing that so many women, especially young mothers, do not take care of themselves. “Mom’s take care of everyone else… not themselves.” So, Lucy’s vision and mission is to empower young mothers to listen to their bodies and get the care they may need through the Lucy’s Labor of Love Fund. This fund will be a resource for women across the region providing education about cardiovascular conditions and to provide financial assistance to those in need of cardiovascular care. 

Best of all, every dollar stays local to benefit the programs or services related to women's cardiovascular care!

A note from Lucy-

Thank you so much for taking the time to learn about my story and my mission to help end the fight against women's heart disease!

I'm counting on my support system — friends, family and neighbors like you — to join me in fighting for this important cause.

I hope you will consider a gift to help me reach my goal. Every dollar counts! Just click "Support Me" above to make a donation. 

Thank you in advance for your support!

-Lucy Henglefelt, advocate & heart disease survivor

*To learn more about the Lucy's Labor of Love Fund please visit our Facebook Page  or view the video listed below.