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The Rice Family

Baby Olivia

Scroll down to see updates as the Rice family progresses in their CDH Journey! (All updates are written and given by parents with consent)


Update 5/1/24 We are the Rice family from Amarillo, TX where we own and operate Avant Garde Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy with our goldendoodle Newaza. We are expecting our first baby in June 2024! We are so excited to become parents and so excited to meet our sweet Olivia! 


At 22 weeks she was diagnosed with CDH. Our doctors in Amarillo didn’t tell us much, they said she may not survive and we were given a piece of paper with no direction of what was going to happen. It was traumatic to say the least. Immediately, I started looking up everything I could possibly know. I joined a support group and found out about Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. I contacted them about becoming a patient, set up all my appointments and we flew to Houston. 3 long days of appointments her CDH was confirmed severe left sided and they found some issues with her heart. We’ve been to Houston twice now and relocate to Houston in May 2024. Brooke will have to give up her job as an office manager for a physical therapy clinic and Justin will be running his gym remotely from Houston. We sadly have to leave our dog behind with friends. He was our first baby, but we couldn’t afford housing to bring him with us. As difficult as living 9 hours from home will be, we are so thankful to be able to give Olivia the best chance at life in Houston. We are forever grateful for the financial help that grants like the Eden Calhoun grant gives to families who have to drop everything and move away from home. This grant will help us pay for our housing, groceries and gas going to and from the hospital. 

The Rice Family
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