Saturday, June 7, 2008

Please Say A Prayer!

This is Jack C. - a 2 ½ year old little boy who is full of life and energy. He is also the first born son of a good friend of mine from my online Mom's Group. What you can't tell from this picture is that Jack is not 100% healthy. He was born with a Childhood Heart Defect (CHD) and will undergo his second open heart surgery on Monday, June 9th at 10:30am EST.

His Mom is asking that everyone say a prayer for Jack at 6:30pm EST on Sunday night "The last time Jack had surgery, we had everyone pray the night before at the same time and I honestly can’t put into words how powerful and calming it was for us. We will do that again this time around. I am thinking 6:30 PM Michigan time (when we are putting Jack down for bed) would be a great time. If you would like to spread the word and put it on your calendar, that would be wonderful. Prayer is powerful and has provided so many miracles in Jack’s life".

If you are not familar, here are some important facts about CHD:

  • CHDs are America’s number one birth defect, affecting nearly one out of every 100 births, or 40,000 babies a year.
  • CHD is the most frequently occurring birth defect, and is the leading cause of birth-defect related deaths.
  • For every dollar provided by the national medical funding arm of the American government, the National Institute of Health (NIH), only one penny is provided for pediatric research, and only a portion of that penny goes to support research on heart defects, the most common birth defect. (Children's Heart Foundation). This MUST change!
  • CHDs are responsible for one third of all birth defect related deaths, making CHD the number one cause of birth defect related deaths. More than 91,000 life years are lost each year in the United States because of CHDs.
  • CHD research is grossly under funded. Pediatric cancer research is five times higher than CHD research although twice as many children die from CHD each year in the United States than from all forms of childhood cancer combined.

Please say a prayer for Jack! His Mom says he's a determined 2 ½ year old who does not know the concept of giving up and seems to like challenges. They (the Drs) have always said, “those are the kids who make it.” his parents are betting on that once again.