• Congenital Heart Disease (commonly called defects) is the #1 birth defect worldwide. (1)
  • Congenital Heart Defects are the #1 cause of birth defect related deaths worldwide. Each year in the United States approximately 4,000 babies with heart defects (under one year old) will not live to celebrate their first birthday. (1)
  • About 1 out of every 125 babies is born each year with some type of Congenital Heart Defect in the United States (approximately. 40,000/year.) (1)
  • Of every dollar the government spends on medical funding only a fraction of a penny is directed toward Congenital Heart Defect research. (1)
  • Many children who require surgical repair of heart defects now undergo surgery in the first months of life. (2)
  • Nearly twice as many children die from Congenital Heart Defects in the United States each year as from all forms of childhood cancers combined, yet funding for pediatric cancer research is five times higher than funding for Congenital Heart Defects (1)
  • The cost for inpatient surgery to repair Congenital Heart Defects exceeds $2.2 billion a year (1)
  • Though research is ongoing, at least 35 defects have now been identified (1)
  • Although some babies will be diagnosed during gestation or at birth, sometimes the diagnosis is not made until days, weeks, months, or even years after. In some cases, CHD is not detected until adolescence or adulthood (1)
  • 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 (1)
Faith's Angels wants to give current and future children with heart defects a higher quality of life and a better chance at survival.  Won't you help our cause?

References
1.        www.itsmyheart.org 2011
2.        March of Dimes 2011