We create family-friendly content to inspire positivity and laughter with hundreds of thousands of followers from all over the world.
Our goal is to continue having fun sharing content we enjoy creating as a family and hopefully make as many people as we can smile and laugh.
Who are we?
We are the Balmert family, or most popularly known as "Team Balmert" on social media - where we have resorted to sharing our journey as a family to hopefully inspire positivity and instill strength in the lives of many.
We are Chris (Dad), Lindsay (Mom), Gavin (Bro), Ryann (Sis) and we reside outside of Cleveland, Ohio.
We're definitely not your typical, every day family. We've stumble upon internet fame when we posted our first two videos on social media and they went viral overnight, seen by hundreds of millions of people from all over the world. We woke up that next morning with hundreds of notifications and messages from some of the world's most popular news outlets, social pages, magazines, radio stations, and even television production companies.
Because of this, we've made several appearances on national and international News Stations, TV Shows and Morning Talk Shows! It's been a crazy and surreal experience.. but most importantly, its been a fulfilling experience to know that we can share something that can create such an amazing impact and connect so many people from all parts of the world.
Since then, we've embraced it 100% and continue sharing content daily to inspire others, spread positivity, and make people laugh.
In addition to our fun, goofy videos, we also share the realism and "behind the scenes" of what it's like to be a family with a medically fragile child. Our daughter, Ryann Marie, was diagnosed with an extremely rare congenital heart defect. Since finding out, we've become huge advocates of the heart community and strive to spread awareness and do everything we can to contribute to helping those effected by a heart defect and other life-changing health challenges.
With that said. as you can see by many of our fun and goofy videos, we've taken a unique approach in sharing our story and spreading awareness in a fun and entertaining way.
In the process of sharing our journey as a family, we hope to make others laugh, share positivity and help bring a smile to the face of those battling challenges.
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More of Ryann's Story - Living with a Heart Defect.
Here's a snippet of Ryann's story, taken directly from the Cleveland Clinic Children's website:
Chris and Lindsay Balmert were excited to expect their second child. It was at their anatomy scan when they learned she would be born with a congenital heart defect (CHD). It was determined the baby girl had transposition of the great arteries (D-TGA).
With D-TGA the two main arteries, the pulmonary and aorta, are connected to the wrong chambers of the heart. This means the blood being pumped through the heart is not properly oxygenized and deoxygenized. The baby would need to have an open heart surgery procedure called an arterial switch only a few days after birth.
Ryann Marie was born on March 6th, and it was determined through an echocardiogram that she has a different form of TGA known as L-TGA or corrected transposition of the great arteries. This is where the right and left lower chambers of the heart are reversed. Basically, Ryann’s heart works opposite of a normal heart. Instead of her high-velocity chamber pumping blood to her body, her low-velocity chamber is now responsible for pumping the blood to her body. This is a growing concern because as her heart begins to take on more of a workload, it may struggle to keep up with the demand of blood flow.
She also has an atrial septal defect (ASD) which is a hole in the wall that separates the top two chambers of the heart. If the ASD does not correct itself on its own, she will need to have open heart surgery to close the hole.
Ryann will need very close monitoring for the rest of her life, and possible surgeries to repair her heart in the future.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of unknowns with this defect. The studies just aren’t available because it is such a rare condition. Ryann’s condition of L-TGA with an ASD falls within the 0.5% of babies born with a congenital heart defect.
“Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles, it only empties today of its strength. We must remind ourselves to never fall victim to fear and to never consume ourselves in the unknown. The future is the future and we will handle it when it comes through strength and power of prayer. Until then, we will cherish every moment in the present as it happens.”
They are blessed to have a beautiful baby girl who has an unbelievable will to fight. She has already touched the lives of many, and will only continue to inspire.
Because of this experience, the Balmert's are determined to spread awareness about CHD to help other families who are or will be effected by heart defects. Medical research is key to provide the best care for CHD babies.
They will be forever grateful to the pediatric cardiology team at Cleveland Clinic Children's and want to do everything they can to pay it forward.