I don't need to remind you how prevalent heart disease is in adults - - the facts speak for themselves about heart attacks are the leading cause of death among adults in America. We think of heart disease in adults but how many of us think about children who are diagnosed with a heart condition at a very early age? Yes children can have heart conditions too, or Pediatric Heart Disease - - the most common is Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) which most children acquire it at birth - - their heart is not working at optimal capacity like most children who have healthy hearts. It is psychologically devastating for a child to endure a lifetime without any or restricted physical activity at the school gym or playing with friends/siblings - - it's most difficut for the parents who keep praying for the continued health of their child. 40,000 babies are diagnosed with CHD at birth each year along with other children who acquire CHD later on in their lives. Approx 10,000 of those babies who have CHD will require heart surgery or intense medical help to prolong their lives.
But it's an ongoing tragedy which you can help - - The American Heart Association, in partnership with local elementary/middle schools across the nation, is sponsoring the first ever Jump Rope/Hoops for Heart events in 2016 and I am pleased to announce that my daughter Sabella is participating in this event - - sponsored by her school. You can make an online donation through Sabella's dedicated online webpage. Additionally, you can leave an encouraging or thank you note to Sabella (don't worry, I will make sure she reads any of them each day before her bedtime.). Your support will help children such as, Vivian, Cassandra, and other kids who are living with PHD. Thank you.