Although American Heart Month has come and gone, it's never far from the hearts and minds of all the people affected by heart ailments.
While I tend to focus on heart disease and preventing your loved ones from suffering the effects of it, there exists an entire group of loved ones who would gladly suffer more, if only it were possible. I am talking about the parents and loved ones of infants born with congenital heart defects.
Saving Tiny Hearts Society is a 100% volunteer run, non-profit organization whose goal is to raise "seed money for grossly under-funded, lifesaving grass roots research of congenital heart defects (CHD's)."
This Sunday, March 11, 2012, they are hosting a fundraiser at Equinox in Highland Park called "Sweat For Tiny Hearts." The event "is a multi-activty cardio event including an indoor spin cycle team relay, Cardio-Aerobic Classes, Yoga & more to raise funds for CHD Research."
This is an interesting concept for a fundraiser. There's no need to worry about the weather. There's no need to drag that old bike out of the garage and hope that it (and your butt) can make it through the day. Just tell your friends, grab your gym clothes, and head to Equinox for a few hours of indoor fitness activities.
If you can't make it, you can always sponsor an athlete or make a direct donation to Saving Tiny Hearts through their website.
Saving Tiny Hearts has a very compelling story - it's worth a few minutes of your time to visit their site and read about it. I think any parent will relate to "Haley's Story" and the range of emotions that come with seeing a tiny one go through so much at such a tender age.
Keep riding - or walking, running, yoga-ing, or whatever-cardio-activity-you-prefer-ing - and be charitable!
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