February, as many know, is the month of Valentine’s Day. But what sometimes goes without notice, is that February 7th through the 14th is Congenital Heart Defect awareness week. According to tchin.org, one of the main hosts of CHD awareness, “Congenital Heart Disease is considered to be the most common birth defect, and is a leading cause of birth-defect related deaths worldwide.”
In the U.S. alone, 1.8 million families are affected by CHD, and yet there is very little funding or support for those who suffer. By raising awareness, you can raise hope for the children who fight. There are 18 different types of defects that are recognized, ranging from Valve Stenosis to Aortic Contractions, and everywhere in between. And these being congenital mean that these children are born with it.
So while this week is spent buying giant hearts full of chocolate, or hearts made or sugar, or cardboard, or any other type of candy, try to remember those whose hearts don’t quite work. Visit http://www.tchin.org/aware/ to find out all the ways you can help spread the word.