February 7th-14th is Congenital Heart Defect awareness week.
CHD is something near and dear to my heart. If you haven't read Lincoln's story you can find it here. My world was turned upside down when Lincoln was diagnosed with multiple congenital heart defects. We were completely oblivious to the heart world before we were thrown into it with our first baby. During our six week crash course we learned a lot and met some amazing people.
"A Congenital Heart Defect (or CHD) means an abnormality of the heart that is present at birth. In general, there is no known cause or cure for heart defects. Congenital Heart Defects are the most common type of birth defect, affecting nearly 1 out of every 100 children born in the United States and across the world, and are the leading cause of birth-defect related deaths. Some CHD's are minor, but approximately 50% will require some sort of invasive procedure (such as open heart surgery)."
With CHD being the most common type of birth defect, we are still in need of funding for more research! Please consider making a donation.
http://www.intermountainhealinghearts.org/donations These heart kiddos are fighters! And they deserve the best chance we can give them. Wand to help spread awareness?
Feb. 7th - Wear a red shirt to support everyone affected by CHD's and heart disease alike. Feb. 8th - Change your profile picture to a CHD warrior or angel for a day. Feb. 9th - (optional) On your car window, get window chalk and write "Spread CHD Awareness" Feb. 10th - Wear a heart, or ribbon representing CHD's Feb. 11th - "LIKE" and "SHARE" a CHD childs page. What better way to spread awareness then to let people know who they are. Lets get their stories out there!! Feb. 12th - Light a Candle for all the children with CHD's needing prayers, or for those who have already earned their wings. Feb. 13th - Release a balloon or leave a porch light on for angels and kids needing prayers. Feb. 14th - Baked goods, Bake a heart shaped cake, or heart cookies with your family representing CHD awareness/Valentine's day!