Saturday, January 23, 2010


Thursday I came home to a wonderful surprise. I had wrote Governor Manchin requesting he write a proclamation declaring February 7th through 14th Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week. He honored my request and sent me a copy! With more awareness will come more funding for research. I feel like Jacob is making a difference already, and he is not even born yet! I hope to continue to help fight for CHD and do what I can to help these babies.

Thank you West Virginia for supporting this great cause.

  • Congenital Heart Defects are the #1 birth defect. Source: March of Dimes
  • Congenital Heart Defects are the #1 cause of birth defect related deaths. Source: March of Dimes
  • About 1 out of every 100 babies are born each year with some type of Congenital Heart Defect. (approx. 40,000/year) Source: Children’s Heart Foundation
  • Nearly twice as many children die from Congenital Heart Defects in the United States each year as from all forms of childhood cancers combined, yet funding for pediatric cancer research is five times higher than funding for CHD. Source: Children’s Heart Foundation
  • The American Heart Association directs only $0.30 of every dollar donated toward research. The remainder goes toward administration, education and fundraising efforts. Of the $0.30 that goes toward research only $0.01 goes toward pediatric cardiology for CHD. Source: Children’s Heart Foundation
  • This year approximately 4,000 babies will not live to see their first birthday because of Congenital Heart Defects. Source: Children’s Heart Foundation
  • The cost for inpatient surgery to repair Congenital Heart Defects exceeds $2.2 billion a year. Source: Children’s Heart Foundation
  • Of every dollar the government spends on medical funding only a fraction of a penny is directed toward Congenital Heart Defect research. Source: Children’s Heart Foundation
  • Though research is ongoing, at least 35 defects have now been identified.
  • 4-8% born with CHD have Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
  • 4-10% born with CHD have Atrioventricular Septal Defects
  • 8-11% born with CHD have Coarctation of the Aorta
  • 9-14% born with CHD have Tetralogy of Fallot
  • 10-11% born with CHD have Transposition of the Great Arteries
  • 14-16% born with CHD have Ventricular Septal Defects
  • Although some babies will be diagnosed during gestation or at birth, sometimes the diagnosis is not made until days, weeks, months, or even years after. In some cases, CHD is not detected until adolescence or adulthood. Source: March of Dimes
  • It is a proven fact that the earlier CHD is detected and treated, it is more likely the affected child will survive and have less long term health complications. Source: March of Dimes


  1. This is SO fantastic!!! Great job! How amazing that Jacob is making a difference (through YOU!) already!

  2. That's awesome!

    We're pulling for little Jacob! It's amazing how strong these little broken hearts are, and how much joy they truly bring. We'll definitely be praying for all of you as you prepare for his arrival. I know it's scary, but boy is it life-changing.

    Big heart hugs and prayers,

  3. Would love to do a story on this! Please email me your phone number so we can talk!
    Carrie Cline-WSAZ