This is a busy time of year for those of us in the Congenital Heart Disease Community. It is Heart Month. Today is Go Red Day. It is also the first day of CHD Awareness Week.
Spreading awareness about the most common birth defect is the critical first step in Conquering CHD. By spreading awareness, we can educate others about this growing public health burden that is devastating to families across the country. The blog this week will feature posts from Preemptive Love, the CDC and more, as we work with our partners to help spread awareness in our communities, in Washington D.C. and around the world!
However, I strongly believe that awareness is only impactful when it is paired with education and leads to action. During the frenzy of awareness activities this month, we are encouraging the community to share our message: Be Aware. Learn More. Do Something.
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters that create many ripples.” – Mother Theresa
Here are a few ideas about what you can do:
1) Be a part of something bigger.
Become a partner of PCHA. Join the rapidly growing movement that is making a difference.
There is no obligation on your part. By signing up to receive our emails, you will get an inside look at PCHA. You will get advanced notice of opportunities to volunteer, advocate and influence.
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2) Use your influence, right away!
Whether you realize it or not, you have a circle of people around you that listen to what you say. Encourage them to join the movement, too. Encourage them to sign up, too. The more people united in messaging and action, the greater impact we can have!
Your time and talents are very valuable to PCHA. Our volunteer needs change regularly, but we will try to involve you in any way that we can. If you are interested in volunteering, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Include how much time you are able to commit on an average monthly basis and what ways you think you’d like to help.
Use your story to make a difference. We will be asking you to email, call or visit decision makers. Whether it is a doctor or lawmaker, your story is powerful and can move someone into action! Click here for our most recent alert to say Thank You to your lawmakers.
Your story is powerful. Your dollar is powerful, too. In order for PCHA to be successful, we need to fund our projects. Give what you can, every dollar counts. Give for someone you love, give for yourself, give to help the thousands of people dealing with CHD that will, in turn, benefit from the education, research and advocacy support we provide.