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Joint Office for Planning, Marketing and Communications
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Release: Feb. 8, 2002
Heart Defects Awareness Day event set for Feb. 14 at UI Hospitals and
Heart specialists and families will call attention to congenital heart defects
next week with a special event on Valentine's Day.
Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack has declared Feb. 14 as "Heart Defect Awareness
Day" in the state. The observance raises awareness of the health concerns
of people born with heart defects.
On Valentine's Day (Feb. 14), patients, family members and others interested
in learning more about congenital heart defects are invited to attend a special
party to celebrate Heart Defect Awareness Day. Sponsored by Heart Friends
and University of Iowa Health Care, the event will be held from 4:30 to 6
p.m. in the Activities Therapy Gym on the first level of the John Pappajohn
Pavilion at UI Hospitals and Clinics. The event will feature valentine making,
face painting and cookie decorating. Please call Lisa at (515) 253-2368 to
People born with congenital heart defects who are now adults may also join
a new support group. Called Hopeful Hearts, the group's goals are to provide
emotional support, information and educational opportunities to adults with
congenital heart disease. The co-founders, Amy Weber and Stephanie Wilkinson,
say they plan to provide hope and encouragement to families who have a child
with a congenital heart defect. Information about Hopeful Hearts will be available
at the Heart Defects Awareness Day event on Feb. 14.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between
the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient
care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit
UI Health Care online at www.uihealthcare.com.