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Did you know:

  • Congenital heart defects are America‚Äôs #1 birth defect. Nearly one of every 125 babies is born with a CHD (almost 1% of all children born each year!).
  • Congenital heart defects are the #1 cause of birth defect related deaths. 1 in 3 children who die from a birth defect have a congenital heart defect.
  • This year almost 40,000 babies will be born with a congenital heart defect.
  • In the U.S. twice as many children die from congenital heart defects each year than from all forms of childhood cancer combined. Yet funding for research of pediatric cancer is 5 times greater.
  • From 1993 to 2003 death rates for congenital heart defects have declined by 31% due to advances made through research!
  • There is not yet a preventative cure for any type of congenital heart defect.
  • Of every dollar the government spends on medical funding only a fraction of a penny is directed toward congenital heart defect research.

(All facts and statistics care of American Heart Association)