We are Kyle & Betty Mertens, and on May 15th of 2017 our one-year-old daughter, Ella, passed away due to complications caused by an undiagnosed genetic heart condition. It is our desire that something positive comes of this tragedy. We know we cannot have Ella back, but we want to do everything in our power to keep this from happening to other parents. This is why we established The Ella Marie Endowment Fund at St. Louis Children's Hospital. All the proceeds from this event will go directly to Ella's Fund which will support pediatric cardiology research.
Sadly, the 2020 event has been CANCELLED!
We want to prioritize everyone's health and safety.
Please mark your calendars for the 2021 event on April 3rd!