Of course, everyone knows that February means Valentine’s Day. But, February also is the time to wear red and think about your own heart and the hearts of your loved ones because February is American Heart Month. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Each year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. Fortunately, heart disease often is preventable when people make healthy choices and manage their health.
For many Americans, though, hearts are on their minds year-round. These heart families are all too aware of the devastating effects of congenital heart defects (CHD), the most common birth defect in the country, and the leading cause of all infant deaths in the U.S. One such family, the Dorsetts, have been raising awareness and honoring their son with Hayden’s Heart, a nonprofit foundation that works to help families with their staggering medical and travel expenses. Born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, Hayden died at the age of 5 months, 4 days. Now, Hayden’s family keeps his memory alive and helps other heart families by hosting fundraisers, holding events, and organizing care packages to help others in Hayden’s name.
Right now, you can help Hayden’s Heart by logging on to Sevenly and purchasing apparel. The best part is, $7 from each item purchased will go to Hayden’s Heart now through February 15. The designers created very special options just for Hayden’s Heart, and they’re available this week only.
Make this February more than just about flowers and sappy cards. Do something to help heart families across the country and to raise awareness for CHD. For more information, visit Hayden’s Heart on Facebook or read Hayden’s Heart blog.