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.

CHD Week 2019 Details

Donation Drive

This year we are having a donation drive for items to put in care bags that IHH gives to members who are in the hospital and to use in our auction. 

We are looking for some of the following items (ALL ITEMS MUST BE NEW):


-Games (board and card games)

-Onesies or Shirts (all sizes)

-Stuffed Animals

-Activity Books (Wordsearch/Crossword Puzzle/Sudoku, etc)

-Small Toys (cars, rattles, dolls, legos, etc)

-Gift Cards

-Other items you think may be useful (contact one of the location drop off members if you have questions about an item)

***Please remember we have members of all ages that these care bags will be going to***

When you drop your items off at one of the below locations, please be prepared to fill out a donation slip with the items donated, the price of each item, and your address so we can send you a tax donation slip.

Date: Thursday, February 7th

Location:  Riverton Primary Children’s Clinic

Time:  5:00PM-6:00PM

Contact Jenniffer Rees for questions (

Date:  Saturday, February 9th

Location: Layton in the Layton Hills Mall parking lot (over by the Buffalo Wild Wings)

Time: 10:00AM-noon

Contact Shantel Howard for questions (

Date:  Monday, February 11th

Location: South Jordan Costco parking lot

Time: 5:00PM-7:00PM

Contact Mike/Rebecca Patton for questions (

Date:  Tuesday, February 12th

Location: SLC at Primary Children’s Outpatient Building (on the 2nd floor by the cardiology check in station)

Time: 1:00PM-2:00PM

Contact Melissa Sanford for questions (

Date:  Wednesday, February 13th

Location: American Fork

Time: AM and PM times

Contact Christina Davis ( for location and to set up a drop off time.

Date:  Thursday, February 14th

Location: Jordan Landing

Time:  9:30AM-10:30AM

Contact Jenniffer Rees for questions (

Date:  Friday, February 15th

Location: Provo at the Seven Peaks Ice Arena

Time: 7:00PM

This is the night of the CHD Awareness BYU Hockey Game.  Those not coming to the game are still welcome to come and drop off items.  Contact Tammy Alsup for questions (

Heart on Your Sleeve Campaign

This social media campaign is a great way to get everyone you know involved in raising awareness about CHDs.  Get your family and friends involved and let’s see how big we can make this!

Here's what you do:

Wear a heart on your sleeve during Congenital Heart Defect Awareness week February 7th – 14th.  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.

Take a picture each day of the week and post it to your social media (facebook, twitter, instagram, etc) with the hashtags #hearts4chd and #ihhearts. 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!  It’s all for the cause of awareness.

When you're out and about and people ask about the heart, tell them about CHD's and direct them to here to for info about CHD awareness and how to donate toward the cause. CLICK HERE for a fact sheet you can print and hand out if you should choose to do so.

We'd love to see you all participating! Let's raise awareness!!! Remember to use the hashtags   #hearts4chd and #ihhearts so we can see all your lovely hearts! 

Ronald McDonald Family Room Meal

IHH is providing dinner (sponsored by Wells Fargo) at the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Primary’s (located on the 3rd floor) on Friday, February 8th at 6:00PM  If you are at the hospital please feel free to come, enjoy a meal, and chat with us.

CHD Week Social Media Daily Posts

February 6th Spreading Awareness Challenge:

Prep Day with CHD Frames

You can easily help spread awareness by taking a minute to add a CHD frame to your profile picture. (Search for Intermountain Healing Hearts in the frame search box to use one we have published).  This lets your social media friends see that you are CHD aware!

February 7th Spreading Awareness Challenge:

Heart on Your Sleeve Red Day

Wear red today to honor those who have fought and continue to fight CHDs and participate all week in the Heart on Your Sleeve campaign.  

(Please read information above about the Heart on Your Sleeve campaign.)

February 8th Spreading Awareness Challenge:

Service Day

Families affected by CHD often times rely upon service from others--yes, even strangers. Whether it is a hospital visit or picking up siblings from school to simply lending a listening ear or a brief smile from a stranger. Another great way to serve others is to donate blood.  (ARUP is the sole blood provider to Primary Children’s) Donating blood is a great way to help save lives!


Please join us in finding a way to serve someone today and share your story/experience with us in the comments!


IHH's Board will be serving others today by providing dinner at The Ronald McDonald Room up at Primary's this evening.  If you are up at the hospital, please join us at 6:00PM on the third floor.

February 9th Spreading Awareness Challenge:

Zipper Day

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.

Today we thought we would give you a fun, creative challenge that the whole family can participate in--wear as many zippers as possible to represent the scars these CHD warriors have and the stories each one tells.  

February 10th Spreading Awareness Challenge:

Connection Day

If you have managed to find our page and organization then you have some sort of connection to CHD. CHDs never affect just one person; it affects a whole group of people (the heart warriors, moms, dads, siblings, children, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, neighbors, etc)


Please share how you are connected to Congenital Heart Defects and how it has affected you on your Facebook page and in conversation with others today. (If you are following us, then you have at least one CHD connection and can share it with others)

February 11th Spreading Awareness Challenge:

Facts Day

Take today to help spread facts and statistics about CHDs.  So many people don’t know these statistics and are surprised when they find out the numbers. The IHH website ( has fact pass along cards if you want to use them or share some of these fact images.

February 12th Spreading Awareness Challenge:

Quotes Day

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.

February 13th Spreading Awareness Challenge:

Gratitude Hearts Everywhere Day

Today we have something you can do with everyone in your family that can help spread CHD awareness. Write a sweet heart shaped note to someone and go heart attack them. Help us spread gratitude CHD hearts throughout the community!  IHH is taking lunch to the cardiology staff at Primary’s and heart attacking them with thank you messages from IHH members.


We want to see your pictures in the comment section below!


If you don’t know what heart attacking is, follow these steps:

-Get paper and cut out a bunch of hearts in various sizes

-Write messages on the hearts. It doesn’t have to be all of them if you don’t want to. (Don’t forget to put CHD Awareness on one of them!)

-Sneak to a neighbors house and place the hearts on the porch/door/garage door/etc (Make sure you do it quietly so you don’t get caught, you want it to be a secret)

-Ring the doorbell/knock, run away, and hide to see their face when they open the door and see the surprise.

February 14th Spreading Awareness Challenge:

Ideas Day

Today we want to come together as a CHD community. One person can help spread CHD awareness, but when we come together as a community it is easier and we can reach more people.


We want to hear from you and get ideas! How are you spreading CHD awareness?  What ideas do you have for IHH to spread awareness during CHD Week for future years?

February 15th Spreading Awareness Challenge:

BYU Hockey Game Day

Join us in spreading awareness at the BYU CHD Awareness Hockey Game at the Seven Peaks Ice Arena in Provo tonight at 7:00PM.  BYU will be playing Weber State. The BYU hockey team will be wearing special CHD Awareness jerseys with heart heros and angels names on the back.  The proceeds from the chuck a puck will be donated to IHH so get your chuck a puck throwing skills ready and come support IHH at this fun event. 

Please like and check out Intermountain Healing Hearts Facebook Page to comment on and share the daily posts with your family and friends.

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