Canadian Congenital Heart Alliance

February 10, 2005 12:36 ET

Congenital Heart Defects Awareness Day at Sick Kids on Feb 14

Child and adult patients unite to share experiences and offer hope for the future Attention: City Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Lifestyle Editor, News Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 10, 2005) - The Canadian Congenital Heart Alliance, in conjunction with the Toronto Congenital Cardiac Center for Adults and The Hospital for Sick Children's Heart Centre, is bringing patients together to celebrate the 6th International Congenital Heart Awareness Day. The celebration will be held on February 14 at 1:30 p.m. at The Hospital for Sick Children.

Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) is considered to be the most common birth defect, and is a leading cause of birth defect-related deaths worldwide. Despite the fact that CHD affects millions of families, a relatively small amount of funding is currently available for parent/patient educational services, research, and support.

By sharing our experiences and providing information, we hope to raise public awareness about conditions that affect approximately 100,000 Canadian adults, and the 4,600 children who are born with CHD each year. Congenital Heart Awareness Day is being celebrated worldwide by hospitals, practices, and organizations.

WHO: Speakers: Patrick Mathieu from CCHA, Dr. Jack Colman from Toronto Congenital Cardiac Center for Adults & Dr. Andrew Redington from The Hospital of Sick Children
-CCHA has brought together a child (Natalie Mulcahy) and adult (Shelagh Ross) who share the same congenital heart disorder. Shelagh and Victoria (Natalie's mother) will share their own unique experiences living with CHD. They will also discuss how sharing their experiences with one another have given them hope for the future.

WHEN: Monday, February 14, 2005 at 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Garden Patio, Atrium
The Hospital for Sick Children
170 Elizabeth St.

The Canadian Congenital Heart Alliance consists of CHD patients, families, and friends who are committed to supporting Canadians with CHD by raising the profile of CHD in Canada; helping patients to find a CHD specialist in their area; helping patients make the transition from the pediatric to the adult system; providing educational resources; and providing peer support and counseling to its members.

For additional information about the Canadian Congenital Heart Alliance, please visit

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