Greater Los Angeles Congenital Heart Walk
Kay Deeney, NN/LM PSR Educational Services Coordinator, recently participated in the Greater Los Angeles Congenital Heart Walk, held at Griffith Park. Over 500 walkers registered for a choice of a 3K or 5K walk on June 9th. The Congenital Heart Walk raises funds for the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA) and the Children’s Heart Foundation. With these funds, both organizations can continue their missions to address the needs of both the newly diagnosed and the long-term survivors of congenital heart defects, in a truly inspirational day of sharing, caring and fun!
Here are a few facts: Over two million children and adults are living with a congenital heart defect (CHD) in the United States. Each year approximately 40,000 babies are born with a CHD, making it the country’s #1 birth defect. At least 10% of all congenital heart defects are initially discovered in adulthood. Thanks to increases in survival rates, the number of adults living with a CHD rises by 5% each year. Adults with CHDs are living longer, fuller lives than ever before.
In addition to NN/LM PSR participation, Laura Morris, the Director of Programs from the ACHA, flew out from Philadelphia for the event. Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA), 28th Congressional District, who is co-chair of the Congressional Congenital Heart Caucus, which serves as an important tool for communicating with members of the U.S. House of Representatives about the important issue of congenital heart disease, stopped by to welcome walkers to the event. Barbara De Maria was the Walk coordinator.
Photos courtesy of the Benjamin Brooks Studio.