Monday, February 7, 2011

Blood Drive for Heart Patients

Congenital heart defects are responsible for more deaths in the first year of life than any other birth defects.

Heart defects are the #1 birth defect, affecting 1 out of every 100 births.

Nearly twice as many children die from Congenital Heart Defects in the United States each year as from all forms of childhood cancers combined.

It is a proven fact that the earlier CHD is detected and treated, it is more likely the affected child will survive and have less long term health complications.

Despite the fact that CHD affects approximately 1.8 millions families in the U.S.,  a relatively small amount of funding is currently available for parent/patient educational services, research, and support.

However, most people don't know any of that, unless they are a parent of a child who was born with congenital heart defects, or they are the person living with a congenital heart defect.

This week, we have a chance to make a difference.  All over the nation, we are celebrating a month of heart healthy awareness.  This week, the focus is on congenital heart defects.  In my local city, there are many activities and fundraisers happening.  The first activity kicks things off with a bang:  A blood drive.

Here is the information that was taken off the flyer.  Mended Little Hearts is a local chapter of a national organization, to share information and give support to the community, regarding congenital heart defects.

Mended Little Hearts of Colorado Springs is partnering with Memorial Hospital, St. Francis-Penrose Hospital, and the Gazette to sponsor the largest blood drive in the history of Colorado Springs.

WHAT: Multi-location blood drive

WHERE: Stetson Hills Police Substation* (4110 Tutt Blvd)
Dodge Dealership* (7445 Austin Bluffs Pkwy)

Memorial Hospital Central (1400 East Boulder St)

Memorial Hospital Blood Center Briargate (8890 NorthUnion Blvd)

Penrose Main Hospital (2222 North Nevada Ave)

WHEN: February 10th, 2011:

Starred locations are 10am-2pm; all other locations 8am-4pm

CONTACT: Melissa Koinzan,

WHY? Each day hospitals use 40,000 units of blood for their patients, with 50% of that blood used solely by children with congenital heart disease. CHD awareness week is a perfect opportunity to say “thank you” and to give back what our children have so generously received from others!

About us:

Mended Little Hearts of Colorado Springs is a peer-led support group for families living with pediatric heart disease. Our mission is to improve the quality of life of children facing congenital and pediatric heart disease by providing them and their families a caring support network. We fulfill our mission by providing monthly parent support group meetings, care packages and in-person visitation for hospitalized children, monthly children’s activities, and advocacy and awareness campaigns in the Colorado Springs community. For more information about our organization, please visit or contact the Director Melissa Koinzan at
After Kimble was born, Heath donated blood directly to Kimble, after his heart surgery.  Later that evening, he received additional pints of blood.  Months later, Kimble had a plasma infusion to help him after his third heart surgery.  Without that blood and plasma, our little Kimble would have died.  This is a very important cause.
I'll be there, with Kimble, to share our story and to donate blood.  If you are able, do some research in your area, and figure out what's going on to bring awareness about CHD.  Donate blood.  Save a life.  Save another baby, another child, another adult, that has CHD. 
Kimble's life was saved.


Adri said...

What a great effort! Did you get in touch with Melissa? She's the friend I told you about from gymnastics. Although I haven't seen her in a while since her daughter isn't doing the class anymore.

Love this pic of Mr. Kimble!

ladybug said...

Thanks for posting, Shaina! Adult Congenital Heart Assn is planning similar events as well as political lobby day on the 13th and 14th!

As a wifey of a Tetrology patient, I donate blood as often as I'm allowed! Just happens that hubby and I are the same type! So he got my blood during his 2007 surgery, too! Such a blessing!

Thanks for sharing!