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Thursday, January 28, 2010

CHD Awareness Week

(Elaine during her last hospital stay)
If you don't already know, Congenital Heart Defect Awareness (CHD) week is February 7th - 14th. It cleverly falls the same as Valentine's. Intermountain Healing Hearts has several wonderful things going on to promote awareness. There will be a table and info/banners set up at PCMC. We are hoping to get some radio time this year (fingers crossed). Paul Cardall has his wonderful concert on the 15th. To find out more, go here. And we have a great family activity that is fundraising for CHD research on the 20th at the Olympic Oval. It is going to be a blast! Plus there will be lots of awareness being spread at schools and all the Taylor Andrews' hair salons. Thanks guys!!!! I found this CHD awareness poem online and borrowed it. I hope the author doesn't mind. If you have questions about anything, or want to help out Intermountain Healing Hearts (which is a non- profit = tax deductible organization) please go to www.intermountainhealinghearts.org or contact me at melissa@intermountainhealinghearts.

Beautiful CHD Awareness Week Poem

Somewhere...someplace... today...
A family is waiting to hear...
Is something wrong with their baby?
The answers aren't quite clear...
This family has entered an unwanted world...
And they just don't know what to expect...
Somewhere...someplace... today
They first heard the words: heart defect.
And how they hoped this was not true...
And thought... this cannot be...
I too... know just how this feels...
For one day...this was me.

Somewhere...someplace...today...
A man and a woman embrace...
Their baby is in surgery...
They long to see her face...
They haven't got to hold her yet...
Without...a cord or line...
They pace the room awaiting news...
And hope she'll be just fine.
Prayers fill this busy waiting room...
And mom and dad are scared...
Somewhere...someplace..today...
The tiniest hearts are repaired.

Somewhere...someplace...today...
A child's growing fast...
Smiling,laughing,thriving...
His mom thinks...can this last?
It's almost easy...to forget...
That anything is wrong...
Somewhere...someplace..today...
Her child seems so strong.

Somewhere...someplace... today...
A little boy fights...just to live
A father holds his tiny hand...
His love...all he can give...
The doctor's are all baffled...
They fear that he might die...
Somewhere...someplace...today...
A family says goodbye...

Somewhere...someplace...each year..
More than 40,000 families will see...
What it means...when something's wrong...
They'll face a CHD.
Today...for just a moment...
Stop...remember...reflect...
Make time to tell someone you know...
"I've been changed by a heart defect".

Author - Stephanie Husted

3 comments:

She Made Mention said...

I can't wait to meet YOU. It's gonna be soooo fun!!!!

Noni Andrew said...

Thanks for all you effort to promote awareness for these sweet littles and the parents that suffer the pain. Love you

Lori Muir said...

That poem is awesome. What a great "lady" you are to spend so much time and devotion to such a great cause!