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Little Hats Big Hearts Utah

 

The Little Hat, big Hearts campaign has volunteers from all over Utah picking up their knitting needles. More than 800 hats will be donated to babies and children at Utah hospitals to promote awareness about heart disease and congenital heart defects during American Heart Month in February. One in every three deaths is due to heart disease in America, making it the #1 cause of death. Many babies are born with heart defects. In fact, congenital heart defects are the leading birth defect in infants.

Thanks to our volunteers, including members of Intermountain Healing Hearts, hundreds of tiny babies will feel the warmth this February. Every baby born in February at a participating Utah hospital should receive a red hat. Little Hats, Big Hearts started in February 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Since then the program has expanded to 29 states, including Utah. The American Heart Association uses the increased awareness to provide funding for research in support of congenital heart defects, which affect 1 out of every 100 babies born and can result in dozens of surgeries and procedures for each baby.

The number of donations this year has been outstanding. With the original goal of 200 hats, more than 800 hats were donated. More babies then ever will be able to go home with special red caps and warm heads. Caps will be distributed to Primary Children’s Hospital, LDS Hospital, Intermountain Medical Center, Alta View Hospital, St. Mark’s Hospital, Salt Lake Regional Medical Center, University Hospital and Lakeview Hospital. Little Hats, Big Hearts is making a big statement in our community about the importance of research and awareness of heart defects.

Pictured is four-year-old Jaxon Jensen is a congenital heart defect survivor. His grandmother, Rachel Gordon and her co-workers knitted 100 hats to support other children in Utah with heart problems.

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