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So You Just Got This Flier…

 

So you’ve been going about your week and somewhere along the way you received an act of kindness and this flier…

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That means you received an act of kindness as part of the 3forCHD Project!  February 7-14 is Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week and around the world people are doing 3 acts of kindness in order to raise awareness.

I really appreciate you taking the time to visit this blog and learn about my son Nolan’s story, which is just an example of what many kids with CHDs go through.  I encourage you to take a little bit of time and read through the posts on here.

Since it’s CHD Awareness Week, I want to also provide some opportunities for you to help spread the word:

  1.  Tell others about those facts that are on the back of your card.  CHDs are the most common birth defect.  There is no cure.
  2. Make some noise!  You can write to your mayor, governor, city council, or even local lawmaker to tell them about the act of kindness you received and that you want to make them aware of Congenital Heart Defects!  The reality is that we still don’t know the cause of CHDs and it’s going to take a lot of research and money to find that out.  Call, write, and email to your representative and ask them to support Congenital Heart Defect research.
  3. Learn more facts!  The Pediatric Congenital Heart Association has a great CHD fact sheet: read it here.
  4. Send your prayers and kind thoughts: there are lots of kids like Nolan out there who need all the prayers and positive thoughts they can get.  They are going through lots of scary things and so are their families.  They can use your support, even if they don’t know you’re sending it!
  5. Support a cause, if you wish.  There are two great ways to support organizations that help kids with congenital heart defects.  The first is Levine Children’s Hospital, where most local heart kids receive their life-saving care.  If you ever want to donate to them you can do so here.  Another great organization close to our heart is Camp LUCK, which provides support for kids and families as well as a medically-supervised overnight camp for kids with CHDs.  They do AMAZING work and you can learn more about them here.
  6. Continue to follow Nolan’s story.  I update this blog pretty regularly and also try to post pictures and videos on his Facebook page.  Nolan is one tough kid and he has been through so much and is full of lots of love and laughs.  He will be going in for his third open-heart surgery this spring: if you could send him some love through kind messages in the comments section on this blog or on Facebook, that would be awesome!

Thanks again for taking the time to visit.  I hope you’ve learned something about CHDs today and I hope you know that not only is it important to me, but it affects thousands of kids and families across the country.  You can keep making a difference by helping us make people more aware.

I also hope that the 3forCHD project encourages you to go do your own acts of kindness: imagine what a difference we could make!

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The 3forCHD Project

You guys, I am super excited about this post because I get to announce a really awesome opportunity to spread CHD Awareness.  So about 3 years ago I did something called the 32for32 project, where I did 32 acts of kindness for my 32nd birthday in order to raise CHD Awareness.  The following year I was able to do some lobbying for CHD research in Washington, DC, which was amazing.  Last year I did 10 acts of kindness in 10 locations in the area and when you looked at them on a map it made the shape of a heart.  Each of those projects gave me a really great chance to teach people about CHDs while doing some great things for people in need in my community.  Over time I’m heard from people who were inspired by this and wanted to be a part of it somehow…well here is your chance!

I’m happy to announce the 3forCHD project!

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During this year’s CHD Awareness Week, February 7-14, I want to unite heart families and friends all around the world and encourage them to do three acts of kindness in an effort to educate people about congenital heart defects and hopefully play a part in finding a cure.

Three.  That’s it.

Three things: that can be feeding the homeless, volunteering at a nonprofit, bringing treats back to the staff at the children’s hospital where your heart warrior got their care. It can be anything!  It doesn’t matter how much money you have, it doesn’t matter where you live.  All I’m asking is for all of you to join me during that week to make a real difference in people’s lives.  Imagine if 100 of us do this: that’s 300 acts of kindness…300 real, tangible ways for us to help people in need!  That’s AMAZING!

So I need you to step up and do this with me, I need you to be excited about this with me: I want you to share this with your friends and family.  Invite them along: maybe partner with other families where you live and do something awesome together.  Whatever it is, I know that together we will make a big impact!

I’ve made a Facebook event page where you can “join” the event (keep in mind you’ll be doing all these activities right where you live) and post pictures, videos, and stories of your acts of kindness using the hashtag #3forCHD.  You can use the same hashtag to share throughout all of social media leading up to and during the event.  Let’s take this thing worldwide!

I’ve also made up this handout for you to use:

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Print some out and give them out when you do your 3 acts of kindness.  Once Feb 7th hits, I will add a “sticky” post to the top of my blog that will welcome anyone who has received this handout and is brave enough to come here to this blog.  It’ll have more information about CHDs and what they can do to continue being involved.  It’ll remain there for a couple weeks after the event, too.

Will this require some money? Maybe.  Will this require your time? Yes.  But what we need – most of all – is your heart.  I believe that if we give back, with all our hearts, we will create a movement where people know about CHDs and will help us make enough noise to increase funding for research and one day find the cure.

So I have just one more question for you…

WHO’S WITH ME?