Wednesday, February 11, 2009

It's Congenital Heart Defects awareness week!

This week is Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) awareness week, and Saturday (Valentine's Day) is set aside as THE day to remember those effected by CHDs and to raise awareness of the need for additional CHD funding and research. Most everyone who reads this blog knows why this cause is close to my heart, but just in case I'll tell you. My 12 year old son Joey was diagnosed with a heart defect called subaortic stenosis at about 18 months of age. He had his first open heart surgery on September 13, 2001 and a second surgery in May of 2006. He has thrived after his surgeries, and is currently an honor roll student in 6th grade who has recently participated in the junior varsity bowling team and the advanced choir at his school. Here are a couple websites that you can check out to learn more about CHDs
Lastly, so you can see what a huge difference that excellent cardiologists can make in a child's life, here are two pics of my son Joey- one after open heart surgery and the other taken last summer. He's the picture of health, thanks to his excellent doctors.

Support CHD awareness!


  1. Welcome to blogspot! :D Happy blogging & stay in touch! I'll keep CHD awareness in mind on Saturday!!!

  2. Halloo, came over from Corgi Mom's son has Marfan's Disease...he is 19 years old today...enjoying yer blog & thanks for yer efforts to spread the word about heart defects.