Why would parents of a child with a congenital heart defect start a podcast? Why would they write a book? What does this dynamic duo hope to achieve when it comes to helping the congenital heart defect (CHD) community?
Tom and Kat Hansen are parents to 9-year-old daughter Audrey and 7-year-old son Harding. In 2014, Harding was diagnosed with multiple congenital heart defects in utero, for which he has undergone three open-heart surgeries and multiple other procedures.
Inspired by their journey with Harding, they wrote a book, and then they started a podcast, The Hope and Courage Podcast for CHD Parents, where they share their insights and interview experts and people with a lived experience of CHD. Their book Hope and Courage: Real-Life Lessons from the Parents of a Child with Congenital Heart Disease will be released in 2022.
A former high school math teacher, Tom is currently a corporate trainer and instructional designer. In addition to caring for their children, Kat runs the Hope and Courage platform. The family lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, and enjoys going on adventures together.
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