Congenital Heart Walk - Central Texas
The Congenital Heart Walk (CHW) is a partnership between the two leading national organizations dedicated to fighting Congenital Heart Disease/Defects (CHD): The Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF) and The Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA). At the local level, walks are led by committees of passionate volunteers. This year, the walk will take place at more than 30 locations across the country, including right here in Austin. All the money raised from this event goes directly to these two organizations that are solely about raising Congenital Heart Disease/Defect advocacy, education, and most importantly helping fund much needed research for CHDs to help find more options and, hopefully, one day a cure. A Congenital Heart Defect/Disease is when someone is born with a structural defect in their heart. About 1 in 100 is born with a CHD. CHD is number one birth defect and sadly they kill more kids than all forms of childhood cancers combined. Congenital Heart Defects/Disease is a lifelong illness with no fix or cure. Currently, thanks to organizations like CHF and ACHA more kids with CHDs are making it to adulthood yet, the fight never ends and so we must continue to find more options and better care for all ages of CHD Survivors. Unfortunately CHD research and programs are severely underfunded. The Congenital Heart Walk aims to try and correct this problem.