Published on: 02/08/2007
This Valentine’s Day, Miami Children's Hospital Foundation encourages individuals to treat their loved ones to a unique gift that will help cure congenital heart defects.
Now available at http://www.artsonia.com/museum/artforheart, these delightful Valentine’s Day cards and gifts (ranging in price from $5.95-$39.95) offer heart-themed designs created by young patients at Miami Children's Hospital’s Congenital Heart Institute. In honor of Valentine’s Day and Congenital Heart Defect Awareness week, I-Flow Corporation, makers of ON-Q PainBuster, and Artsonia, the largest online kids’ art museum, have committed to donating 30 percent of the proceeds from the sale of these items from now until the end of February to Miami Children's Hospital Foundation to support the Congenital Heart Institute and The Children's Heart Foundation for congenital heart defect research.
Congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defects among babies born in the United States and occur in approximately one out of every 100 newborns. Congenital heart disease is a leading cause of birth defect-related deaths world-wide. “This year almost 41,000 babies [in the United States] will be born with a heart defect, and 4,000 of them will not live to see their first birthday. In the past decade, death rates for congenital heart defects have declined by 30 percent because of the advances made through research,” said William Foley, Executive Director of The Children’s Heart Foundation. Despite the fact that congenital heart defects affect millions of families, a relatively small amount of funding is currently available for research and parent/patient educational services. Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week (February 7-14) is an annual campaign intended to increase public awareness of Congenital Heart Defects and Childhood Heart Disease resulting in additional support and educational services, scientific research and better care for children and adults.
Young patients that were helped by the cardiovascular surgeons at Miami Children's Hospital’s Congenital Heart Institute volunteered their time in order to create the artwork that will help raise funds for both Miami Children's Hospital Foundation and The Children’s Heart Foundation. Through research and assistance, these two non-profit organizations specialize in building brighter futures for children born with congenital heart defects.
About Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation
Miami Children's Hospital Foundation raises funds and awareness for Miami Children's Hospital, its programs and projects. Working together, the foundation and the hospital are committed to ensuring that no child will ever have to leave the region to receive state-of-the-art pediatric care. Founded in 1950, Miami Children's Hospital is the only licensed specialty hospital for children in South Florida. Ranked by Child magazine among the best children’s hospitals in the nation, Miami Children's Hospital offers medical care and services for children from birth to age 21. It has also been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession’s most prestigious institutional honor. The 275-bed medical facility has expertise in all aspects of pediatric medicine. For more information, please visit www.mchf.org.
About The Children’s Heart Foundation
The goal of The Children’s Heart Foundation is to bring health, hope and happiness to children impacted by congenital heart defects, the number one birth defect in the United States. We accomplish this goal by funding the most promising research to advance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of congenital heart defects in children. For more information, please visit http://www.childrensheartfoundation.org/.
I-Flow Corporation (http://www.iflo.com/) designs, develops and markets technically advanced, low-cost drug delivery systems and services that are redefining the standard of care by providing life enhancing, cost effective solutions for pain relief.
Headquartered in Chicago, Ill., Artsonia is an online kid's art museum providing free educational resources for kids, families and schools. Founded in 2000, Artsonia continues to integrate technology in the classroom, develop multi-cultural understanding through art and increase family involvement in children's education. To find out more, visit http://www.artsonia.com/.