Imagine for a moment, a world where all children can see themselves in the pages of their favorite story.
Think back to your childhood and your favorite children’s books. Which books come to mind? Why did those books leave such an impact – one which still resonates years later?
For so many children, early experiences with books shape what they imagine to be possible for themselves. For children with congenital heart disease (CHD), these experiences are even more important but are also rare. Through the magic of reading, kids learn what might be possible for someone who looks like they do, who lives where they live, who’s had the same experiences they’ve had. For children with CHD, being able to find themselves in a book, a story in which they are the hero, is powerful.
Reading books where kids with CHD are represented, like Rainbows and Storms:
- Helps people better understand CHD
- Increases awareness of the #1 most common birth defect
- Promotes empathy and an environment where differences/defects are embraced and normalized
- Encourages interaction and connection for children with CHD
- Allows children with CHD to connect more deeply with themselves and their story
- Helps children and families forge new friendships and support systems to lean on during difficult times
“If this book makes a difference for any child, we have fulfilled our dream of impacting lives. We hope that this story brings every child a piece of confidence that they are seen, heard, valued, and loved regardless of their differences and the challenges of being a heart kid.” Dr. Jennifer Jackson, Author & Heart Mom
During the month of September, 100% of the proceeds from the sales of the book Rainbows & Storms will be donated to Conquering CHD.
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About Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) – CHD is the most common birth defect and a leading cause of infant death. In 2021, 40,000 babies will be born with CHD in the United States alone, joining the 1.35 million new patients born this year around the world. 1 in 100 people worldwide are diagnosed with CHD.
Thanks to advances in medical technology and surgical procedures, more adults than children are now living with congenital heart disease. CHD is a chronic, lifelong condition that presents significant challenges for the patient and their family. CHD has no cure.
About Rainbows & Storms – Inspired by their daughters, Heart moms Dr. Jennifer Jackson and Nisha Jaime teamed up with Illustrator Anna Scheckel to bring you into the world of two young girls, each diagnosed with congenital heart disease, and witness how their unique paths translate into an instant connection between them.
About Conquering CHD – Conquering CHD exists to conquer the most common birth defect. We engage, listen, learn, and act. We create visibility and empower all impacted by congenital heart disease, accomplishing this through awareness, knowledge, community, and research. Visit our website at www.conqueringchd.org.
For additional information on the partnership, please contact Conquering CHD’s Marketing Director.