Right now, as things stand in our present. 1 in every 100-125 children born in the US will suffer from some form of congenital heart defect. That's approximately 35,000 to 40,000 children each year. Congenital heart defects are the #1 most common birth defect, and the leading cause of defect-related infant death. Around 4000 children die each year from a CHD. Actually, twice as many children die from congenital heart defects than die from all forms of childhood cancer combined, yet, congenital heart defect research receives about 1/5th the funding that pediatric oncology research receives. In the vast majority of cases, the cause is unknown, there are no steps for prevention, and there is no cure. That is the current future of our children.
I want to do my part to change that future. My life has been, as most of you know, deeply impacted by this lack of awareness and research.
In an effort to stop other parents from losing children, I've decided to participate in the Charlotte Metro Heart Walk 2006 on September 16th to support awareness and research of Congenital Heart Defects. I'm aiming to raise
If you're interested in donating, but online donations aren't your cup of tea, you can still help by printing out a donation form from the above link and sending it with a check, directly to them. It isn't required by the AHA, but I'd really appreciate it if you'd put "In Memory of Nova LeClair" in the memo slot.
If donating isn't an option, then please, take a moment to post this link on your blog or webpage, because only through raised awareness can congenital heart defect research get the attention and funds it needs. I want a brighter future for our children, for my children's children, and for yours.
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