Wednesday, February 23, 2011

CHD Awareness Week Events

*Sorry for all the crazy long gaps between pictures and some of the text.  I've tried correcting it but can't!  I give up!  I'll be honest's driving me crazy so if you are a blogger and know how to correct it please feel free to let me know* 

Every year February 7th-14th is Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week.  With the craziness of two small kiddo's, I did not get to do as much to raise awareness during this week as I would have liked.  Here are a few events that we did get to attend during the week.

3rd Annual Blood Drive and Bake Sale in honor of Colby

This blood drive and bake sale is put on by our friends Becca and Jason every year in honor of their son, Colby.  This years event turned out to be their biggest and best yet.  They ended up having 77 productive blood donors and raised over $2300 for CHD research.  I was sad that I couldn't donate blood this year.  I found out that the Red Cross makes you wait 3 months after having a baby to donate blood.

If you have ever considered donating blood now is a great time to do it!  The crazy winter storms our country experienced during January forced thousands of expected pints of blood to go uncollected.  As a result, Red Cross blood collections in the month of January were the lowest they have been in a decade.

Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day 2011

This was our 3rd year to attend the CHD Awareness meeting at Vanderbilt Children's.  Every year state and local proclamations are presented at this event stating February 14th as Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day in Tennessee.  It was nice to see some of our heart friends and some of the staff who took care of Cain while he was in the hospital.  

The Heart Chakra

I didn't get to attend this event since it was in Dallas but I wish I could have.  Dawn, who is one of my best friends, has been working very hard for a year (maybe longer) on getting her Yoga certification.  She taught a free Yoga class called 'The Heart Chakra' and held the class in honor of Cain.  This meant so much to me and I thought it was perfect since it fell during Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week.  After the class she was given her Yoga Certification.  I'm so proud of you Dawn for all your hard work and dedication in getting your Yoga certification.  Thank you for honoring Cain in your class.    

Dawn made this great shirt to wear while she taught her yoga class.  

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