Baby Sammy

We are walking in memory of our first born son, Saverio Francesco Perri, Jr. 

Sammy was born on October 15, 2017 -- with an undiagnosed CHD called Dextro-Transposition of the Great Arteries or (d-TGA). The two main arteries carrying blood out of the heart were switched.

Oxygen-poor blood from the body enters the right side of the heart. But, instead of going to the lungs, the blood is pumped directly back out to the rest of the body through the aorta. Oxygen-rich blood from the lungs entering the heart is pumped straight back to the lungs through the main pulmonary artery.

We were completely blindsided with the news that Sammy would need immediate surgery but he wasn’t strong enough to be transported from Central DuPage Hospital to Ann & Robert H Lurie’s Children’s Hospital. 

He fought extremely hard, but after many hours of fighting, he just couldn’t fight anymore. 

He will forever remain in our hearts and be our precious little angel looking down on us and his, now two, brothers.

By raising awareness, we can help others born with this or any CHD have a fighting chance to live a long healthy life.


1 in 3,300 babies born in the U.S are affected with Sammy's particular heart defect. 

Thank you for visiting our Congenital Heart Walk team fundraising page.

If you would like to join our team, please click the 'Join My Team' button.

If you would prefer to make a tax deductible donation, all funds raised will go to benefit CHD research, including early detection, and other much needed programs and tests. 

Thank you for your support.

Lizanne and Sam Perri

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My Supporters

  • Jacquelyn Manetakis November 2023 $51.50
  • Katherine Canick June 2023 $51.50
  • Jacquelyn Manetakis June 2023
  • Juan Ramirez June 2023 $50.00
  • Rob & Marisa Alimondi June 2023
  • Get Fresh Golf Tournament January 2023 $10,000.00
  • Lizanne and Sam Perri January 2023 $309.00
  • Dr. Debora Herrick Excellent cause June 2023 $281.00
  • DWF Food & Paper Redistributors, Inc. This is a very worthy cause. Our thoughts are with your family. Wishing you a successful Walk. April 2023 $257.50
  • Classic Mix Partners April 2023 $257.50