Tuesday, December 8, 2009

CHD Facts

For anyone who hasn’t read my last post this post is a follow-up to that one.

Scott asked friends for suggestions of a charity he could raise money for as he was training for the Disney Marathon. The following information is what I sent him regarding Congenital Heart Defects. I knew none of this information until Cain was prenatally diagnosed with CHD. Some of this I have mentioned before but I thought I would share it again so everyone can see why I feel it’s important for me to raise awareness and help Scott raise money for a great charity that supports CHD research.

Facts about Congenital Heart Defects that I obtained from various websites:

-Congenital heart defects are America’s #1 birth defect.
-Nearly one of every 125 babies is born with a CHD (almost 1% of all children born each year!).
-Congenital heart defects are the #1 cause of birth defect related deaths. 1 in 3 children who die from a birth defect have a congenital heart defect.
-This year almost 40,000 babies will be born with a congenital heart defect.
-In the U.S. twice as many children die from congenital heart defects each year than from all forms of childhood cancer combined. Yet funding for research of pediatric cancer is 5 times greater.
-From 1993 to 2003 death rates for congenital heart defects have declined by 31% due to advances made through research!
-There is not yet a preventative cure for any type of congenital heart defect.
-Of every dollar the government spends on medical funding only a fraction of a penny is directed toward congenital heart defect research.

I am SO VERY THANKFUL for the medical advancements that have been made in treating Congenital Heart Defects. Thanks to these medical advancements (and God and prayer) I am able look at this smile every day!

Again, if you would like to help support Scott in raising money for the Children’s Heart Foundation you can find out how to donate on his blog at http://scottmckenzierx.blogspot.com/

P.S. Cain has a few new tricks he excited to show you. He can wave and clap now!! Hopefully I will be able to post a video of the tricks soon.

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