SPONSOR:

Sen. S. McBride & Rep. Bentz

Sens. Gay, Hansen, Pettyjohn, Poore, Walsh; Reps. Baumbach, Briggs King, Griffith, Heffernan, K. Johnson, Lynn, Matthews, Minor-Brown, Morrison, Osienski, Ramone, Michael Smith

DELAWARE STATE SENATE

151st GENERAL ASSEMBLY

SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 70

PROCLAIMING THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 7-14, 2022, AS CONGENITAL HEART DEFECTS AWARENESS WEEK IN THE STATE OF DELAWARE.

WHEREAS, Congenital   Heart  Defects (CHDs) are among the most common birth defects and a leading cause of infant and child death in the United States; and

WHEREAS, approximately 1 in 100 children are born with a CHD; and

WHEREAS, many of these children will need urgent life-saving medical interventions in their first few months, and most will require life-long treatment, medication, or follow-up by a clinician; and

WHEREAS, in Delaware, around 100 children are born with a CHD each year; and

WHEREAS, the Nemours Children's Hospital provides care through the Nemours Cardiac Center, a world-renowned center of excellence in treatment and research that was founded more than 20 years ago by the pioneering surgeon Dr. William Norwood; and

WHEREAS, the Nemours Cardiac Center treats children from Delaware, and from around the United States and many countries around the world, with skillful and compassionate care by physicians, surgeons, nurses, psychologists, social workers, and child-life therapists working together to provide healing for children and their families; and

WHEREAS, despite the frequency and severity of CHDs, there is less awareness of these conditions than there should be; and

WHEREAS, there is a disproportionately small amount of funding for research and support for the treatment of CHDs; and

WHEREAS, through campaigns such as Congenital   Heart  Defect Awareness week, advocacy groups such as Conquering CHD, Mended Little  Heart s, and others seek to increase public understanding of the importance of CHD screening for infants and for teenagers, increase public access and availability of defibrillators, and emphasize the importance of family support and advocacy organizations in Delaware and the nation.

NOW, THEREFORE:

BE IT RESOLVED that the Senate of the 151 st General Assembly, the House of Representatives concurring therein, hereby proclaims the week of February 7-14, 2022, as “Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week.”

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the General Assembly hereby encourages initiatives to increase public and professional awareness of CHDs in the State of Delaware.

SYNOPSIS

This concurrent resolution proclaims February 7-14, 2022, as Congenital Heart Defects Awareness Week in Delaware.

Author: Senator S. McBride