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Celebration of Heart Month Continues: Newborns sport red hats for a cause 

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Celebration of Heart Month Continues: Newborns sport red hats for a cause 

The American Heart Association is delighted to launch the inaugural year of Charleston’s Little Hats, Big Hearts. The program that dons newborns with knitted red caps raises awareness of heart disease, the number one killer of Americans, and congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the country. All babies born at participating hospitals during the month of February will receive a hat. 

Over the last few months, the American Heart Association asked for volunteers to knit or crochet red baby hats to distribute to participating hospitals. That call was met with hats pouring in from across the country by knitters who wanted to help. This year, MUSC will participate to distribute over 300 hats to babies throughout February and again in June in support of infant CPR.

 “Little Hats, Big Hearts brings attention to congenital heart defects – a condition that affects about 40,000 babies born in the U.S. each year,” says Dr. Andrew Atz, the Chair of Department of Pediatrics and the Professor of Pediatric Cardiology at MUSC.  “We’re proud of this initiative as it brings together the community to rally around those families affected by CHD. We would like to thank our anonymous donors whose generous support has allowed us to bring this to the Charleston area and all the incredible volunteers that share their time and talent to make this program possible.” 

To participate locally in future Little Hats, Big Hearts campaigns,visit: www.Heart.org/littlehatsbighearts. Little Hats, Big hearts began in Chicago in 2014. The project has grown to include 660 hospitals in 40 states handing out more than 100,000 hats. In addition to using red hats to raise awareness of heart disease and congenital heart defects, Little Hat, Big Hearts also drives awareness for the American Heart Association’s Support Network, an online forum for families affected by heart disease and stroke. 

Please contact Frances Taylor at taylorf@musc.edu if you plan to shoot video or photos. If you are unable to send a photographer to the hospital, Frances Taylor will send photos of babies via email.  For additional details on the Little Hats Big Hearts program, please contact, Jennifer Waites at the American Heart Association at 843-480-4907 or Jennifer.Waites@heart.org.

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About the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association 

The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association are devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The American Stroke Association is a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

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