2019 Red Balloon Run & Ride

McKinley's Monkeys


Welcome to McKinley's Monkeys Team Page!!


This year is our EIGHTH year of putting together a team to benefit Children's Health in honor of our daughter, McKinley Obst.  




As you may or may not be aware of, McKinley was diagnosed with a Coarcation of the Aorta in utero at 32 weeks by Dr. Colin Kane at Children's Medical Center- Legacy.  As first time parents, we did not understand the weight of what that meant and what our first steps of becoming parents would entail.  When she was born, she was a fighter immediately. Born at 8lbs, she was the largest baby in the NICU.  She was transported to Children's Medical Center in Downtown Dallas from Plano just a few hours later. Tanner, who was running on no sleep from the night before (she was born at 1:52 AM) followed the ambulance to be with her.  She had been set up a room on the NICU floor.  What seemed like forever (was really 6 days) her surgery was finally scheduled for the first slot at 7:30 AM.  After much debate whether or not she would actually need the surgery and countless doctor's meetings, she was scheduled.  When we showed up, she had been prepped for surgery and was still in her NICU room.  We had been told that her echocardiogram that morning looked better than it had before! We were moved after a day to recovery and after a 4 day eternity, were finally released home on Tanner's 30th birthday March 6, 2011.


McKinley was monitored over the next couple of weeks and at the end of April, her cardiologist had decided that although she was growing in size, her valve in her heart was not.  On May 2, 2011 McKinley had the repair to her heart done by Dr. Kristine Guleserian. We were at Children's Health for a second stint.  With only two days in cardiology ICU (she's a warrior I'm telling you), we were transferred up to recovery on the 8th floor.  A very grueling 3 days of pain medication administration, crying, restlessness, and worry we were discharged.

In December 2012, we recevied the green light that her heart is stronger than ever and supporting her body perfectly!!  It is with that gratitude that we want to give back every year by supporting the Red Balloon Run.  If we were not in the professional hands of the entire team that helped repair McKinley's heart, we may not be in the fortunate position of having our strong girl today!

If you are unable to make it out, and just feel like donating to our cause, we humbly welcome it.  Thank you for helping Children's Health and thank you to Children's Health for our healthy baby!

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