Our CHD Awareness Week Activities

February 7, 2011
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Today is the start of CHD Awareness Week and we wanted to share with you how our groups are celebrating and raising awareness around the country.

The Rhode Island Chapter kicked off CHD Awareness Week with a  Kick-off event on Sunday, February 6th.  It’s Super Bowl Sunday so we are going with the whole tailgating theme – pizza, hot dogs, etc.  We have all our members requesting proclamations to have on display – and hopefully some presented by the government officials at the event.  We have invited our Governor, and are hoping he will come. We are also inviting local “celebrities” to help judge a logo contest for our group.  We will use the winner’s drawing for our t-shirts at our annual picnic -the contest that is open to all of our heart kids and their siblings.

 MLH of Tucson is partnering with our local hospital for a blood drive.

 MLH of Bowling Green has requested a proclamation locally and is still waiting to hear if we are going to be able to get a public signing. We are also going to the schools and read and do an activity in the classroom.

 MLH Winchester-MLH Meeting Feb 8th, Chick-fil-a Spirit Night Feb 10th, Blood Drive Feb 11th, Tropical Smoothie Event Feb 17th, Wellness Fair Feb 26th, Clear Channel radio interview which will air on Feb 27th

 MLH South Bend, IN-We will be making care packages on February 12th from 10-12.

MLH Greater Rochester: We are running an ad in the AHA Heart Ball program offering information about CHD and local programs,  display in the lobby of Strong Hospital for the week displaying information / facts about CHD, selling chocolate lollipops, and selling valentine’s cards that people can make to a pediatric patient. Local Girl Scout troops and school classrooms will make valentine cards for the patients along with other  organizations in our community. ‘Skate with Heart’ ice skating party on Saturday, the 12th with media coverage. Local restaurants (Tim Horton’s, Dunkin’ Donuts) are donating goodies to the children and their families in the hospital during that week. Requested a proclamation with the city of Rochester,  Media appeal.

 MLH Black Hills/Thumpers: Please join us in remembering all those affected by CHD on February 12, 2011. “A Day For Hearts: Congenital Heart Defects Awareness Day!” at Wilson Elementary School. Anyone with a child with CHD, or a family member of a child affected with CHD, or has an angel due to CHD is welcome. We also welcome those of you with Acquired Heart Disease to please join us! Medical professionals are also encouraged to attend! Activities and Entertainment provided.

MLH Central Virginia: Awareness Display Feb 7th-14th at Chesterfield Towne Center, Table at  “Club Mom” Event  on February 8th, February Carebag Drive

 MLH Toledo: Pizza Party at a play land indoor warehouse that has inflatable slides and bouncy areas with a private party room. The guest speaker is a Pediatric Cardiologist.

MLH Southern Wisconsin: CHD Awareness Party, Carebag Drive, Media Appeal

MLH Tulsa: Oklahoma Proclamation – requested  by Oklahoma City group;  February 2nd CHDAW Kick-Off Blood Drive at  Saint Francis;  Public Service Announcements – All Clear Channel radio stations have graciously donated time for PSA’s to run during CHD Awareness Week;  “Thank You” dinner for the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit employees (scheduled for February 8th);  Billboard advertising to assist with our awareness efforts during CHD Awareness Week.   Jenks Journal article;  Sand Springs Leader article;  Bixby Bullet article;  Owasso Reporter article;  Sweetheart Run volunteer opportunity on February 12th

MLH Rochester, MN- We are challenging our members to speak to their children’s classes about CHD, or other groups to which they belong.  They’ll be using MLH materials and, for older audiences, a slideshow one of our members produced

MLH Sacramento-CHD Awareness Valentine Party on February 14th. We will have food, drinks, dessert, crafts for the kids, a slide show, a video and a table with our resources, as well as some posters of CHD facts. We are also holding a Blood Drive and the Blood Source Blood Mobile will be there.

MLH Charlottesville-CHD Awareness Event and Silent Auction Fundraiser on Monday February 7th at the University of Virginia Medical Center.

MLH of Fox Valley, WI-  Feb 6th– Painting Window at Neenah/Menasha Fire Department, Feb 7th– 10am Painting windows at Gegan Elementary School, Feb 7th-Pre-natal support group at CHW- Neenah, Feb 8th-Signing of Proclamation at Mayor’s office, Feb 9th-Delivering Heart Pages to kids in the local hospitals- with suckers and ribbons, Feb 10th-Happy Joe’s Fundraiser and Care Bag Drive Drop off , Feb 11th-MLH suckers and stat cards will be handed out at Gegan Elementary.

MLH San Antonio-Valentine’s CHD Awareness Party on February 15th.

High Plains Mended Little Hearts- We are having a “CHD Awareness Party and Celebration of Life Party” on February 12th.  We will be stuffing care bags for CHD families, along with valentine goody bags for the children (all kids in pediatrics) in our 2 local hospitals. 

MLH Lutheran Hospital in Illinois- Chili’s Restaurant in Skokie Fundraiser. This group will receive 10% of proceeds on meals purchased with voucher for the entire month of February. 

One Response to Our CHD Awareness Week Activities

  1. February 24, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    We received New Mexico’s proclamation on Feb 9th via email. The original on the 22nd. Both are posted on Alex’s Born With A Broken Heart(R) page on Facebook and on his website.

    Thanks,
    Annette