Giving Tuesday gives us the opportunity to raise CHD awareness. This year, we are reflecting back on some of our accomplishments, showing how your generous donations and support made all this possible.
The World Health Organization officially declared COVID-19 a global pandemic on March 11, 2020 with Canada and provinces putting lockdowns in place shortly thereafter. For 7 weeks now Canadians having been living through this COVID-19 pandemic. We are all living with heightened emotions, living life day to day, not knowing what tomorrow or next week is going to look like, unable to make plans for the future. We are all dealing with emotions such as fear and anxiety due to uncertainty and stress about jobs, school, financial wellbeing, health...
Today we celebrate 75 years since the first "blue baby" surgery by Alfred Blalock, with Helen Taussig and Vivien Thomas on November 29, 1944.
The child was 15-month-old, Eileen Saxon, the surgery was a success and she went home after 3 months. Unfortunately her cynotic episodes returned and 2 days before her 2nd birthday, she underwent another operation, she passed away 5 days later.
Now known as the BT or BTT shunt, the surgery was a success and really the start of #CHD surgery. We have come a long way since then, with an almost 95% survival rate into adulthood now.
Giving Tuesday is a global movement dedicated to giving back. After the excitement of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, comes Giving Tuesday. Charities, Communities, Businesses and Individuals just like you have the opportunity to give back and make a big impact.
The season of giving is upon us, and what better way to spread some holiday cheer than to raise awareness for CHD (Congenital Heart Disease), the number one birth defect affecting Canadians of all ages.