Jodi Lemacks discovered, five months into her pregnancy that her son would be born with a severe heart defect that would require a complex operation as soon as he was born. Thus, before Joshua was even born, Jodi and her husband Mark were thrust into the roles of advocates for their son. First they fought with medical policies and their insurance company. Now Jodi is fighting as an advocate in a different way. As the National Program Coordinator for one of the largest pediatric congenital heart defect support groups, she has become a strong advocate. Mended Little Hearts has worked together with The Children’s Heart Foundation, the American Heart Association, and the American College of Cardiology’s CardioSmart Program to spread awareness of educational issues of importance in the heart world, to help raise money for pediatric congenital heart defect research and to spread awareness of CHDs. Jodi also sits on the Executive Committee for the Congenital Heart Public Health Consortium.