WHY WE WALK?
Each year, 1 in 100 babies are born with Congenital Heart Disease (CHD). A CHD is the life-long consequence of a heart defect, or a structural abnormality of the heart present at birth. It is the most common birth defect. There is no cure. In 2018, in the U.S. alone, 40,000 babies will be born with CHD. Of those, 25% will undergo life-saving open heart surgery or other interventions to survive. While there is much hope, and survival rates have climbed in the last 20 years, many children will not survive into adulthood. Others will require a lifetime of specialized care. There is much we do not understand about CHD, what causes it, and how to prevent it. Therefore, it is necessary we bring awareness to a disease that so greatly affects 1% of our population. We must advocate for research dollars! The Conquering CHD Walk will help raise much needed funds and awareness.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Donate to the 2018 Conquering CHD Walk! Become a sponsor. Start a team, fundraise, like our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages and share our stories on social media. Support your local heart hero! Be #CHDAware. Join our cause to help save thousands of babies a year!