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Mission Statement

The Massachusetts Heart Coalition was formed to eradicate congenital heart defects. We will accomplish our goal by:
*raising the public's awareness about the number one birth defect (CHDs).
*drawing attention by speaking publicly about CHDs
*connecting individuals and families coping with CHDs with resources.
*advocating to support further research and focusing legislative attention on CHD-related issues.

Senator Tucker offers her support to those coping with CHD.

Senator Susan Tucker (left) and Representative Joe Sullivan (below) were the sponsors of the CHD Awareness Day in Massachusetts bill. Both legislators spoke at the Statehouse on February 14, 2002 to kick off the celebration of the new law. - Photos by Barry S. Kaplan, TFI

Rep Sullivan visits with Denise and Tanner DeMaggio

Coping with congenital heart defects (CHDs) can be a difficult and lonely process. From infancy to adulthood, living with a CHD presents many challenges. From the emotional struggles we endure in countless hospital waiting rooms to the trials of finding health insurance and employment as an adult, many times families affected by CHDs are unaware that there are others facing the same struggles. They often feel cut adrift and on their own as they search for ways to navigate their daily lives. The Massachusetts Heart Coalition seeks to bring this community of people together to raise the public's awareness of the need for research and education about CHDs. By informing the public and the legislator of our unique needs, we seek to eliminate congenital heart defects

Many attendees took the opportunity to visit their legislators

The Massachusetts Heart Coalition encourages policymakers and legislators to support those coping with Congenital Heart Defects(CHDs). By partnering with organizations like the American Heart Association and supporting appropriate advocacy efforts we hope to create positive change for many families and individuals. In this photo, David Day, Director of Advocacy for the American Heart Association New England Affiliate hands out packets of information on heart-related advocacy efforts to attendees willing to visit their legislators. - Photo by Barry S. Kaplan, TFI

Founder of the Massachusetts Heart Coalition is a
Recipient of the Grassroots Champion Award


Evidence is mounting that the "B" vitamin Folic Acid may play a role in preventing congenital heart defects. It has also been shown to protect adult health - reducing heart disease, stroke and some forms of cancer. Protect your health and that of your unborn baby's by taking a supplement of 400 micrograms of folic acid every day! To learn more about folic acid, visit the March of Dimes website.


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