Tuesday, January 4, 2011

2011 It's My Heart Annual CHD Walk

It's that time of year again, get your walking shoes and Team Colin shirt…. We are gearing up for the It's My Heart Annual CHD Walk. It is on Saturday February 19th in Downtown Houston. They are not doing the 5K Fun run this year, just the walk.

It will be a great day to come and get some exercise (I know that's everyone's New Year Resolution) and enjoy the family post walk party afterwards. Last year at the post party they had moonwalks, performers, food vendors and, it's a great time to get to know other heart families.

Team Colin's goal this year is to raise $3,000 and have 50 walkers (last year we had 30). Please come out and support a great cause! All proceeds benefit It’s My Heart mission to provide support, spread awareness, educate and advocate those affected by Congenital Heart Defects by creating alliances with fellow families, hospitals, support groups and community.

We will have new Team Colin shirts this year, we are in the process of designing them right now. If you would like a team shirt, we have to have the final order with shirt sizes in by January 31. The cost of the shirt should be about the same as last year.. about $15/shirt.

If you want to participate in the walk, please click here, http://imhwalkforchd.kintera.org/keepthebeat/teamcolin, the fee is $25 to walk and you can donate more on top of that if you choose to.

If you are unable to walk with us, you can still support us, by going to this link, http://imhwalkforchd.kintera.org/keepthebeat/colineyring.

For more information on the walk and event details, please go to the It's My Heart Walk web site at http://imhwalkforchd.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=439392

2010 Heart Walk

Heart Defect Facts:

Congenital Heart Defects are the #1 birth defect.

Congenital Heart Defects are the #1 cause of birth defect related deaths.

About 1 out of every 100 babies are born each year with some type of Congenital Heart Defect. (approx. 40,000/year)

Nearly twice as many children die from Congenital Heart Defects in the United States each year as from all forms of childhood cancers combined, yet funding for pediatric cancer research is five times higher than funding for CHD.

This year approximately 4,000 babies will not live to see their first birthday because of Congenital Heart Defects.

Of every dollar the government spends on medical funding only a fraction of a penny is directed toward Congenital Heart Defect research.

Though research is ongoing, at least 35 defects have now been identified.

4-8% born with CHD have Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome - Which is what Colin has.

1 comment:

SunSonSunshine said...

Seeing we can't be there, we are walking Camelback again on the 19th in support. That is a tough hike, but nothing compared to Colin's struggle. I wish more people would realize the significance of this walk.