Almost six months ago my friend and neighbor Adrienne had her first baby, a little girl named Cali. Her birth was different than most because Adrienne and Thomas knew that Cali would be born with a congenital heart defect. A team was assembled to help Cali receive the critically important attention and surgeries she would need to survive. Even though heroic efforts were made, sweet baby Cali lived only a week. You can read more about Cali's brief sojourn on this earth here.
Adrienne involved herself in the cause of congenital heart defect (CHD) awareness, and through her efforts, February 7th-14th has been declared CHD Awareness Week in the state of Utah.
In recognition of CHD, Adrienne suggested a few ways to get involved:
Talk to friends, neighbours about your experience with CHD
Give blood (Cali received many blood transfusions)
Volunteer at a local Children's Hospital
Donate financially to one of the many worthy organizations here.
Buy a CHD Awareness Week Pin for $5 at http://tchin.org/pins/ & wear it!
Change your Facebook profile picture to one of the CHD Awareness Stock Photos
Wear red for CHD week and tell others why you're wearing it
Use your Facebook/ Twitter Status to talk about CHD Awareness
Become friends with CHD Awareness Week 2010 (Official) on Facebook
Hand out Pamphlets on CHDs (contact me if you'd like some!)
Wear a CHD Awareness sticker (Contact me if you'd like some!)
If you participated in the Heart Walk in September, you could wear your Tshirt!
If you're in Utah:
Paul Cardall benefit concert
The Paul Cardall benefit concert will be held on Monday, February 15th, 2010, 7:30pm at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake.
Organizing the declaration of CHD Week is such an amazing accomplishment, I'm so proud to say I know Adrienne! To take such a devastating personal tragedy and create something positive that transcends the experience is incredibly inspiring.