Tuesday, February 12, 2013

February 12, 2013 - Congenital Heart Defect Awareness: Someone You Know

Given the statistics that 1 in every 100 babies is born with CHD...as I've written, that's 40,000 alone in the US every year...it is very likely that YOU know someone whose life has been affected by CHD.  Maybe it is a member of your family or your friend or your colleague...or one of their family members or friends.  Maybe you know me and my family. 

Or maybe you were a big fan of Teddy Bruschi when he played for the Pats for 13 seasons.

Or maybe you loved the little Darth Vader in the VW commercial, where he uses his powers to start his Dad's car. 

Or maybe you love the music of the Clash, whose frontman Joe Strummer died of undiagnosed CHD at age 50.

Or maybe you thought John Ritter was a really funny actor (Three's Company!) before he passed away of undiagnosed CHD at age 55.

Or maybe you think that "Every Rose Has Its Thorn", just like Brett Michaels.

Or maybe you didn't know that Sly Stallone and Katherine Heigl both have children with CHD.

Or maybe you have always swooned over Brian Littrell and the Backstreet Boys.

And it doesn't matter at all if it is a famous person, or not.  CHD affects thousands of families in sad, scary, and painful ways...also in triumphant and proud ways for survivors.

This is a really touching article that I encourage you to read, about the family of San Francisco 49s quarterback Colin Kaepernick's family (he just had a tough loss to the Ravens in the Super Bowl).  They lost two newborn sons to CHD and find ways to stay involved with the cause even now, decades later: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/31/kaepernick-family-losses-parents_n_2595082.html 

It is a pretty serious birth defect that very few people know anything about. If this is a cause that you care about, tomorrow I'll tell you some ways that you can help.  


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