Every year, 100,000 babies don't make it to their first birthday because of CHD.
CHD Awareness Week 2017

CHD Awareness Week 2017

We are closing out CHD Awareness Week with these amazing Heart Warriors who were all honored at our Gala!  Their strength and bravery in the face of adversity is an inspiration to us at Save the Heartbeat!  They are what keeps us motivated to carry out our mission of spreading…

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Lawson Fien | CHD Awareness Week

Today’s CHD Awareness Week post is dedicated to a very special Heart Angel – Lawson Ryan Fien.  Lawson made his way into the world on October 29th, 2014.  Despite his heart condition, he was a fierce warrior, spreading immeasurable love and joy in his just six months of life.  To understand…

Tara Carlson | CHD Awareness Week

Tara Carlson | CHD Awareness Week

Our day six CHD Awareness Week post is dedicated to Tara Carlson!  Up to this point, Tara’s heart defect has been considered an acquired heart disease (AHD).  However, as more information becomes available, some specialists think it is actually a CHD.  Whatever the case, Save the Heartbeat and the CHD…

Brinley Holmstrom | CHD Awareness Week

Brinley Holmstrom | CHD Awareness Week

For day five of CHD Awareness Week we are highlighting Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) through brave Heart Warrior, Brinley Kristin Holmstrom.  Brinley came into the world on February 19th, 2014.  It wasn’t until two weeks later that she was diagnosed with TOF.  In her short three years of life, Brinley…

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Luca DeLaGarza | CHD Awareness Week

Although it’s not easy to hear, it’s important to know that loss is a harsh reality of CHD.  100,000 babies around the world won’t see their first birthday because of this disease.  That is why our warrior for day four of CHD Awareness Week is Heart Angel, Luca Wyatt DeLaGarza...
Gabe Duggan | CHD Awareness Week

Gabe Duggan | CHD Awareness Week

We’re on day three of CHD Awareness Week!  Our Heart Warrior for today is Gabe Duggan and his defects are hypoplastic right heart syndrome (HRHS), atrial septal defect (ASD) and pulmonary atresia.  On April 30th, 2007, Gabe’s Mom, Christa, went to the hospital after her water broke at just 35…

Madison Smith | CHD Awareness Week

Madison Smith | CHD Awareness Week

For day two of CHD Awareness Week, we are highlighting Madison Paige Smith and her CHD, ventricular septal defect (VSD).  Madison was born on December 20th, 2013.  Because she was not diagnosed in utero, her condition wasn’t detected until she was seven weeks old.  During her battle with CHD, Madison...