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Thursday, February 10, 2011


There is so much to celebrate today! Praise be to God --- Mason and Owen came through surgery today like champs. Andrew also had a cath that went smoothly. Tina was an awesome advocate for CHD Awareness Week on a local news show. Rebecca made the softball team. The VARSITY softball team!

And this...

No matter how old I get, my family always makes it a special day.
Thank you Bill, Rebecca, and Zach! I love you!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

CHD Awareness Week

Feb. 7-14 is CHD Awareness week. A time to make others aware of what we heart families live with day in and day out. A time to educate the public about just how common CHD is and just how little money actually goes toward CHD research. A time to advocate for our cardiac kids. A time to show just how much passion we have about making a difference for the 1 in 100 babies that are born with CHD.

I have been trying to figure out how our family can make a difference. One heart buddy, Logan, and his family operate "Cuddles From the Heart" --- they make and collect blankets which they donate to CHD patients in the hospital. Logan's mom, Stef, is an awesome advocate for CHD Awareness, using her blog this week to present testimonies of heart moms and dads.

Anna Grace and her Mom and Dad (Tina and Brian) are going to be on a local news show this Thursday sharing about CHDs and how it has affected their life. How exciting! I already have it set to record! Tina has also established a Heart Moms' Night Out once a month in our area. What a blessing!
Another heart buddy, Derrick, and his family make BraveHeart Baskets to give to cardiac kids when they are in the hospital. As a matter of fact, Zach got one when he had his last surgery. It was like Christmas morning!

Zach with one of the gifts from his basket - the blue elephant

Saturday, Derrick threw a CHD Pancake Breakfast at Fatz in Columbia. This Saturday, he is throwing another pancake breakfast at the Fatz in Easley. He is one busy boy! The proceeds will help them make more BraveHeart Baskets. How awesome is that?!

How can our family make a difference for CHD Awareness week? I think our first step will be to get some tickets to that pancake breakfast and to eat some yummy pancakes!