Heart Beats Children's Society of Calgary is a grass-roots registered charitable organization that has been helping families of children with congenital heart disease (CHD) since 1987.
Congenital heart defects are conditions that are present at birth and affect the structure of the heart and how blood flows throughout the heart and the body. CHDs can vary from simple (such as a small hole between the heart chambers) to complex (such as missing or poorly developed portions of the heart) and can be prenatally discovered during a routine ultrasound or become evident after birth. The cause of the disease is unknown.
CHD is the most common of all birth defects occurring in about 1 in 100 of all births. It is also the leading cause of birth-defect related deaths worldwide. Babies born with complex CHD require one or more surgical interventions before the age of 4. This is a disease that often requires a lifetime of care including regular follow-up by a Cardiologist. Medication, tests, repeat procedures and surgeries and in some cases, heart transplantation, are all part of life for those living with complex CHDs.
HERE TO SUPPORT YOU
You may feel as though your whole world has been turned upside down when you find out your child has a heart defect. You are not alone.
Family FUN Run
Our biggest fundraiser is our annual Family Fun Run which takes place in October. It includes timed 10 km and 5 km distances, as well as a 1 km kids' race. All proceeds raised go directly to helping children with congenital heart disease in our community.