Join Team Tuff Hearts for the 2018 Congential Heart Walk in Denver's City Park on October 28 at 8 AM!
Come walk in honor of Natalie Tuffield's second open and fifth lifetime heart surgery, and for the 1.4 million adults living with congenital heart disease!
Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defect in the United States and affect 40,000 (1 in 100) births each year. There are over 40 known congenital heart defects. Little is known about the cause of most of them. There is no cure for any of them. Nearly half of individuals with a congenital heart defect have other physical problems or developmental or cognitive disorders.
Congenital heart defects are the leading cause of infant illness and death. Congenital heart defects are 60 times more prevalent than childhood cancer. Twice as many children die from congenital heart defects each year than from all forms of childhood cancer combined, yet funding for pediatric cancer research is five times higher than funding for congenital heart defects.
Congenital heart defects occur frequently and are often life threatening, yet research into them is grossly underfunded in relation to the prevalence of the disease. Of every dollar the government spends on medical funding only a fraction of a penny is directed toward congenital heart defect research. In the last decade death rates for congenital heart defects have declined by almost 30% due to advances made through research.
Let's all do our part to keep advancing outcomes for individuals born with CHD.