The Children’s Heart Foundation works to aid children and families struggling with heart disease and common heart defects.
When doTERRA Wellness Advocate Jennifer Richins was looking for a way to volunteer in her community, she came across the Children’s Heart Foundation, an organization that strives to provide support to children with heart diseases and defects. The foundation was looking for volunteers to help with their annual Camp Mend-a-Heart event, and from the beginning, the organization seemed like a perfect fit for Jennifer.
Aside from Camp Mend-a-Heart, the Children’s Heart Foundation sponsors several programs to provide emotional, financial, and educational support for children with heart conditions and defects. Although these conditions are not talked about as frequently as other childhood diseases, heart diseases and defects are actually quite common in young children. Heart problems are the number one cause of death during the first year of life, and the most common type of birth defect.1
For families with children who have heart disease or heart defects, the first few years of the child’s life can be emotionally and financially draining. Children with heart problems often develop infections, must undergo intensive surgery, or use advanced medicine to treat their heart condition. The Children’s Heart Foundation works to provide families with support by offering education, financial support, and programs that cater to the specific needs of these children. Though many programs are in place for different childhood diseases, the work of the Children’s Heart Foundation is in high demand. Each year, almost twice as many children in the United States die from congenital heart disease as die from all types of childhood cancers combined.2
The programs of the Children’s Heart Foundation aim to educate parents and medical professionals, while helping children with heart diseases and defects experience a normal childhood. Jennifer enjoys helping with Camp Mend-a-Heart, volunteering as the photographer and documenting the children’s happy moments as they gather with other kids suffering from similar diseases. Despite the struggle of living with a heart defect or heart disease, these kids have the opportunity to feel like a normal child, amidst difficult days full of doctor appointments and medicine. Jennifer says, “These kids have had a long, rough road, and it brightens my soul to be around them.” To support the Children’s Heart Foundation in their cause, visit their website.