On december 4, 2014,

Noah was invited to speak in front of the entire Los Angeles City Council about Congenital Heart Disease awareness. She was also being honored by Councilman Blumenfield for her commitment to her cause and bringing her community together with her lemonade stand all while raising awareness for CHD.

When I woke up today, I had no idea the degree to which I would be inspired by the story of 11 year-old Noah Michaelis.

I brought Noah to Council to honor her incredible work fighting congenital heart disease (CHD), and more importantly her remarkable spirit and strength. I will never forget how silent the normally raucous Council Chambers got when she stood at the microphone to share her story.

Born with CHD, Noah has dedicated herself to helping others by raising awareness and funding for CHD. Since 2009, Noah has hosted Noah’s Festival of Life, which she began after undergoing 3 open heart surgeries in just one year. This year, Noah’s Festival of Life raised an incredible $34,000 for the Hopeful Hearts Foundation.

CHD is a condition that is responsible for more deaths in the first year of life than any other birth defect, affecting roughly 1 in 100 infants born in the United States.

This morning, Noah thanked the Council for the recognition, but it is we who were inspired by Noah and her incredible story.
— https://www.facebook.com/BobBlumenfieldSFV/