CHD Week: February 7th-14th

CHD Week is an opportunity to spread awareness of Congenital Heart Defects.  Many individuals share CHD facts and information via social media and do presentations at their children's schools about CHD's.  IHH provides lunch to the cardiology staff at Primary Children's Hospital and hosts other activities that differ year to year.

CLICK HERE to listen to the 2020 radio interview between IHH and the Wasatch Gazette that shares details about upcoming CHD Week activities and events!

CHD Week 2020 Details

Feb 7 (Fri) - Quotes Day

Event: Today IHH will be providing lunch to the heart staff at Primary Children's medical center! As part of this tradition, we heart-attack their department with thank you notes from IHH members. Please submit your generic thank you notes via our member facebook page by Feb 5th so that we can prepare the hearts! 

Social Media: Sometimes it’s the simple things that can make a big impact in our lives.  Quotes can be one of those simple things that make a big difference. What quotes have helped you along your CHD journey or that have impacted your life?  Please share them with us in the comments and share this post to find out what other quotes have impacted your friends and family.

Feb 8 (Sat) - Heart on Your Sleeve & Donate Blood Day!

Event: Please donate blood at your local blood bank! ARUP is the sole provider to Primary Children's!

Social Media: Wear a heart on your sleeve, today!  It could be a sticker, paper heart pinned on, felt heart, etc.  You can get as creative as you would like or keep it simple. Ideas include having your heart hero’s name or picture on your heart. Next, take a picture and post it to your social media (facebook, twitter, instagram, etc) with the hashtags #ihhearts and  # hearts4chd. Explain in your post why you're wearing the heart and invite others to join you.  Encourage your family, friends, casual acquaintances, or even someone you just met to participate! When you're out and about and people ask about the heart, tell them about CHDs and direct them to here to for info about CHD awareness and how to donate toward the cause. 

We'd love to see you all participating! Let's raise awareness! Remember to use the hashtags #ihhearts and #
hearts4chd so we can see all your lovely hearts! We will feature some pictures with your tags on our social media accounts!

Feb 9 (Sun) - Bring Awareness with the Facts Day

Event & Social Media: Today is all about sharing facts, whether online on in person. Look at our IHH Pinterest page for a list of CHD related facts and images, and keep your eye on our Facebook and Instagram accounts for media you can share. You can also CLICK HERE for a fact sheet you can print and hand out if you should choose to do so. Share these facts in person or via your social media accounts. Be sure to tag #ihhearts and #ihheartsCHDweek!

We've linked our social media accounts for you, here:

Feb 10 (Mon) Raise Funds in Red Day

Event: Join us for our fundraising event at the Chick-fil-A in South Jordan and wear red all day to show your support! If someone asks why you are wearing red, invite them to come, too! CHD bracelets will be available for $1. Those who make larger donations will have the opportunity to receive other prizes. (Hats, scarves, gift cards.)

Social Media:  Share information about our fundraiser online! Tag pictures of yourself wearing red and coming to our fundraising event with #ihhearts and #ihheartsCHDweek for a chance to be featured on our social media accounts!

Feb 11 (Tues) - Gratitude Heart Attack Day

Event & Social Media: Today we "heart attack" for the cause, online or in person! Share facts, share your story, or share someone who inspires you or who you are grateful to have on this journey! Heart attack a friend's yard/door with CHD facts and your personal anecdotes, or post them on social media with big hearts! We want to see and share your work so be sure to tag us using #ihhearts and #ihheartsCHDweek! 

Feb 12 (Wed) - Connection Day

Event: IHH is providing dinner at the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Primary’s (located on the 3rd floor) on Wednesday, February 12, from 6-7 pm.  If you are at the hospital please feel free to come, enjoy a meal, and chat with us.

Social Media: We all know how important community is on this heart journey! Today we invite you to share your CHD story on social media or in person. Tag #ihhearts and #ihheartsCHDweek so we can feature some of our heart heroes! Also share IHH's website or social media accounts with another heart family. We love this community and we are here to help and strengthen each other!

Feb 13 (Thurs) - Giving Day

Online fundraising event through Social Media: Today is the day we encourage others to donate to our cause, and specifically to helping IHH families! Link to the IHH donation page on your social media accounts. Ask businesses you have connections with if they are willing to provide donations (physical or monetary) to IHH for future fundraising activities such as the Healing Hearts Walk. Direct as many people as you can to the IHH website and explain that donations are tax deductible and go to help local families like you! Donations are used for activities, grants, and much more! CLICK HERE for donation information!

We will continue to share the stories of our IHH heroes and put REAL faces to the statistics as we share posts that are tagged throughout the week on social media under #IHHearts and #IHHeartsCHDweek. 

Feb 14 (Fri) - Wear it Proudly! (Dress-up) Day

Event: Dress up for CHD!

For those CHD warriors that have had open heart surgery, the scar down the middle of their chest is often referred to as their “zipper”.  Not all CHD warriors have a zipper scar but have other scars from chest tubes, cath lab procedures, IVs, and the list goes on and on. We are proud of our warriors! Consider wearing multiple zippers, hearts on your sleeve, heart walk shirts, or all red! Whatever you do to dress up, do it to spread awareness and start as many conversations as you can; after all, it's HEART DAY! 

In addition to dressing up, we encourage you to support other causes raising awareness for CHDs, including the BYU Hockey Game dedicated to Camp Hawkins February 14th at 7:00 pm at Peaks Ice Arena in Provo.

Social media: We want to see all the hearts and heart day outfits we can, today! Tag #ihhearts and #ihheartsCHDweek so that we can feature you on our social media accounts!

Thank you for joining us in honoring our heart warriors, angels, and families during CHD Week!

Past CHD Weeks

These are the things IHH has done in past years to celebrate CHD week and help spread CHD awareness.


The IHH Board delivered a pizza lunch to the cardiology staff at Primary Children's Hospital and the Riverton Primary Children's Clinic as well as heart shaped sugar cookies that were delivered to the CICU staff.  A table with IHH pamphlets and CHD facts were out in the Outpatient Building by the cardiology check in station.  The IHH Board served a meal at the Ronald McDonald Family Room located in Primary Children's Hospital.  We had daily spreading CHD awareness challenges posted on Facebook.  BYU's hockey team hosted a CHD awareness game on February 16th.  They wore special CHD jersey's for this game.

2017 & Previous Years

IHH provided heart shaped pizzas to the cardiology staff at Primary Children's Hospital and treats to the CICU staff.  We collected stuffed animals to give to patients in the CICU throughout the year, and had members sit at a table and share information about CHD's.  We started a Heart on Your Sleeve Campaign to help spread CHD awareness to the public and on social media.We have also had a cardiology symposium.

IHH Cardiology Symposium - Feb 11, 2014