The 5th annual Hayden’s Heart 5K this past weekend was a big success. Dedicated runners, walkers, kids, and babies in strollers came together to raise congenital heart defect (CHD) awareness and honor Hayden’s birthday. While most people come for the 5K, it is so much more. It is a celebration filled with food, activities, and a large birthday dedication to Hayden. Over the years, Hayden’s Heart has raised tens of thousands of dollars for families with children that have some form of CHD. This year’s proceeds benefited Aylin Conil and Family of North Bergen.
Our Metropolitan Pain Consultants booth was there to show support for all participants and included free give aways and a raffle for an iPad Mini. The iPad winner will be announced Friday, March 24 right here on our website and our Facebook page. We are happy to support and help raise awareness for such an amazing non-profit organization. If you were there and would like to connect with us, you can reach us on our Facebook page and our Twitter page.
A Little Information About CHD:
While it is relatively common, most people remain unaware of congenital heart defect. CHD is the number one cause of birth defect related deaths and the leading cause of all infant deaths in the United States.
Hayden was prenatally diagnosed with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) – a severe form of CHD. The following are facts about congenital heart defect:
- CHD is America’s number one birth defect with nearly one of every 100 babies born suffering from it
- CHD is the number one cause of birth defect related deaths in the United States
- Congenital heart defects are the leading cause of all infant deaths in the US
- Each year, more than 35,000 babies in the United States are born with congenital heart defects
- In the United States, more than 1 million adults are living with congenital heart defects
How You Can Get Involved:
While the 4th annual Hayden’s Heart 5k may be over, you can still get involved by supporting the cause. You can donate to Hayden’s Heart or volunteer to help raise awareness for CHD. Hayden’s Heart is constantly evolving and growing. As such, they are always looking for volunteers willing to give their time and effort by joining the fundraising team. If you would like to host an event, help out at one of the hosted events in your area, or get your local public schools involved you can email Hayden’s Heart to find out more information.
Furthermore, spread the word and raise awareness by liking and sharing their Facebook page.