It's January. I hope you all are having a beautiful new year! January is also Birth Defects Awareness and Prevention Month.
Birth defects are health conditions that are present at birth. They change the shape or function of one or more parts of the body. Birth defects can cause problems in overall health, how the body develops or how the body works. If your baby is born with a birth defect or other health condition, he may need special care at birth and later in life. You may be worried and have lots of questions. It’s OK to feel this way. You can find other parents, share your child’s story, ask questions in our birth defects forum.
This month, we are going to try and do some focused efforts to highlight our group of parents whose children have birth defects. More soon.
Raise Congenital Heart Disease Awareness – Design a Tie!
In the meantime, I wanted to share an awareness contest happening over with our friends at the American College of Cardiology. The American College of Cardiology (ACC) is looking for a new tie design and would like to use this effort to raise awareness for Congenital Heart Disease. As such, the ACC is hosting a contest for patients, parents and CHD colleagues who are willing to share their artistic flair. The tie will debut in April at ACC.16 and will be available with a profile of the artist and information about congenital heart disease. The winning artist will be profiled in ACC’s communication channels. Additionally, a portion of the sales proceeds will be donated to the ACC’s CHD Quality Improvement Fund, which has been established to support QI efforts in Congenital Heart Disease. Please consider encouraging artists to submit a design for the ACC’s new tie. Deadline for submission has been extended to January 15, 2016. Please see submission details on entry form and via www.acc.org/acpc. Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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