Tuesday, February 9, 2010

A Week of Giveaways for CHD, Day 1!

I told you Sunday that this week, February 7-14, is CHD Awareness week. What does this mean to you and to me?

It means we have a responsibility to share Cora's Story with the people we know so that CHD will not go undetected any longer!

Did you know that congenital heart disease is the #1 birth defect?

Did you know that a simple, non-invasive test can detect congenital heart disease?

WHY, then, are hospitals not performing this test on newborns? Because it's not mandatory. Your doctor may do the test at your first well-baby visit, but that may be too late.

There are multiple means of diagnosing CHD, and Kristine and Cora are encouraging all to have a Pulse Oximetry test done. Until the pulse ox tests are mandatory, mothers and fathers should ask for their baby to have this test done between 24-48 hours after birth.

Do you feel like you've learned something new? Because that is the point. To educate. To make people aware.

Now go tell someone.

BUT, since you're here, I figured I'd give you something. I am so thankful to the sponsors of the giveaways here this week, and I encourage you to visit their websites/Etsy stores, and support those who support Kristine and Cora.

There are many ways to enter each giveaway this week. Those will be listed below. However, I also want to let you know that for every entry in every contest this week, up to 200 comments, OnceUponACline.com will donate $.50/comment (quick math = $100!) to Cora's family. So now you really have pressure to enter these contests. Everyone wins!


Today, you have the opportunity to win a beautiful necklace donated by Lynn from Shabby Chic Designs! The 3/4" heart has been hammered and shaped, with a sterling puffed heart charm and an opaque pink stone, which adds to the beauty of this necklace. The necklace comes with a 16" fine sterling chain. You guys, it is beautiful!

Please leave a comment for each entry. Not only does this encourage your odds of winning, it means I give away more money.

1. Visit Cora's page, and then tell me something you learned about CHD. Anything. Leave a comment.

2. Follow my blog. Leave a comment.

3. Follow Cora's Story. Leave a comment.

4. Follow me on Twitter. Leave a comment.

5. Follow Kristine on Twitter. Leave a comment.

6. Tell your Twitter followers about this giveaway by tweeting:

Win a beautiful sterling heart necklace from @nataliejanette to support #Cora http://tinyurl.com/ykhngqz.

Leave a comment.

7. Become a fan of Cora's Story on Facebook. Leave a comment.

8. Become a fan of Shabby Chic Designs on Facebook. Leave a comment.

*At this time, there is not a way to enter from Facebook. So come on over here, and leave an annonymous comment if you don't want to register with Blogger. Just leave an email address in your comment. Easy, no??
**I was not compensated for this giveaway. No way.
***Contest open to US residents only. Contest ends Saturday, 2/13, at 9pm, CST. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond. Please make sure you leave an email address in your comment if you are not logged into a good account.
****I am holding this giveaway because Kristine is my friend and I care about her and about you. Please tell the people in your life about CHD so that no other parent has to learn about it when it's too late. I'm not asking you to follow my blog or my twitter so that I get more followers. It's an easy way for you to make me pay up. That's all.

84 comments:

Jess :) said...

CHD is the number one baby killer? 1 in 100 die from CHD? Those are two facts that I NEVER knew and it just breaks my heart. WoW...so incredibly heartbreaking.

Jess :) said...

I already follow your blog!

Jess :) said...

I follow you on Twitter!

Jess :) said...

I'm now following Cora's story!

Megan said...

I have been following Cora's story. My son is also the 1 in 100! Thanks for helping to raise awareness!

Amanda said...

Through Cora I have learned that 1 in 100 babies are born with CHD ~ I have a cardiac baby myself and didn't even know these #'s until I met Cora.

This giveaway is a beautiful giveaway!! I would LOVE to win this as I too have a cardiac baby and hearts mean so much to me.

Mrs Soup said...

Oh man...I had no idea it killed so many precious babies. Horrible.

Mrs Cline, you are amazing.

Amanda said...

I follow Kristine on twitter

Mrs Soup said...

I follow your blog!

Mrs Soup said...

And I follow you on Twitter too.

Amanda said...

I'm following Cora's story on Facebook

Amanda said...

I'm now following your blog :)

Amanda said...

I now follow you on twitter I'm @GaribaySoup

Amanda said...

I follow Cora's story <3

Amanda said...

AND today you can come over to my blog for a special guest post from Kristine herself sharing Cora's story :)

LOVE the givewaway!!! You are awesome.

MamaOtwins+1 said...

My son is 1 in a 100 and there are over 35 different types of CHD's known.

MamaOtwins+1 said...

I followe Cora's Story!

MamaOtwins+1 said...

I follow you!

MamaOtwins+1 said...

I follow you on Twitter as @mamaotwins1

Megan said...

My son is also the 1 in 100! Thanks for helping to raise awareness!

Sarah Halstead said...

About 1 in 100 babies are born with CHD.

Sarah Halstead said...

I follow your blog.

Sarah Halstead said...

I follow Cora's Story.

Sarah Halstead said...

I follow you on Twitter @lovinmylifeblog

Sarah Halstead said...

I follow Kristine on Twitter @lovinmylifeblog

Sarah Halstead said...

I tweeted about your giveaway http://twitter.com/lovinmylifeblog/status/8863092209

Sarah Halstead said...

I am a fan of Cora's story on facbeook.

Sarah Halstead said...

I became a fan of Shappy Chic Designs on facebook.

Anonymous said...

I'm an expert on CHD's...my daughter was born with TGA! :) jill_getman@msn.com

Hadassah said...

I had no idea that CHD is the number one cause of death in babies! That is so sad!

JayBee said...

Something I learned from from Cora's blog: CHD kills more children than all forms of childhood cancer combined.

JayBee said...

I follow your blog.

JayBee said...

I follow you on Twitter

JayBee said...

I follow Kristine on Twitter.

Erin said...

I clicked on the link to Cora's blog, and it asked for a username and password, and then said access denied?? So I learned that I fail on left clicking apparently because I can't figure it out.

Erin said...

Okay, so now it works. Pretend that comment above was me telling you that I follow your blog already.
I learned the CHD kills more children than all forms of childhood cancer COMBINED. That's scary.

Erin said...

I follow you on twitter.

r- m val said...

I had no idea that CHD was the leading cause of death in infants. Shocking and alarming. I'm spreading the word for Cora and for Bentley over at "you and me plus three".

r- m val said...

I follow your blog.

r- m val said...

I follow you on twitter.

r- m val said...

I am now following Cora's story blog.

r- m val said...

I am now following Kristine on twitter.

r- m val said...

I have tweeted about this giveaway and will do so throughout the day,.

becomingjolie said...

:)

Brenda said...

I am a fan of Coras Story on facebook and follow Kristine.She n I have a lot in common and unfortunately not necissarily happy things but they are what they are...My son Shane R.I.P was born the same day as Cora Nov 30th 1986 n went home to Jesus June 30th 1987 and this yr my great nephew baby Jacob was born 10-20-09 with a heart defect and went home to Jesus just the day before Cora passed. CHD is said to be the #1 killer in babies! 1 in 100 babies will be born with some type of CHD. Be firm and request pulse ox test on newborns! We must save more babies! God Bless Cora and God Bless Kristine! For her bravery and strength and all her efforts!

Jules said...

I already follow your blog, and I'm glad you are raising awareness for CHD. Thanks for the information!

Nicole said...

i have found out that 1 in 100 babies are born with CHD!! so sad!

thanks for the info!!!

nicolemarielum (at)gmail.com

~Mendie~ said...

How scary to think that it is sooo common...1 in 100...wow.

~Mendie~ said...

I follow you on Twitter

~Mendie~ said...

I follow your blog on google reader too!

~Mendie~ said...

Tweet! http://twitter.com/ladybugs714/status/8884464227

Momma Lioness Michele said...

I follow @kristinebrite on twitter, and am awed by her dedication to her cause, and to her Cora.

Momma Lioness Michele said...

I have never heard the term "pulse ox" before I read of Kristine, Ben and Cora's story, and I have a child! I am thankful for the awareness Cora's story has brought to the possibility of CHDs and how this test can stop parents from feeling the pain Cora's parents now feel.
This is a beautiful giveaway, thank you for the chance.
Sending up prayers for Cora's family.

Momma Lioness Michele said...

I'm now following you on twitter. Besides the gorgeous necklace, I think what you're doing as far as donating to Cora's family is wonderful.
But I'd love to win the necklace too :).

Maria said...

CHD is the #1 killer of children. I never knew!

Thank you!
Maria
maria dot donahue at gmail dot com

Payton Ruth :) said...

You know I follow you on Twitter, am your friend on Facebook, am a fan of Cora's Story on Facebook, etc. But I am not hear to win the necklace or anything like that.
I am just here to say what you are doing is great. & I know that you are helping people become aware, which is amazing.
i am so proud of you.
xo - your sister,
payton

marfmom said...

I follow Kristine on Twitter.

marfmom said...

on Cora's page I learned that not all CHDs can be detected

marfmom said...

i follow you on twitter (marfmom)

marfmom said...

i am a fan of cora's story on facebook

marfmom said...

i follow your blog (maya zimmerman)

Toni said...

I am a twitter follower!

Toni said...

I am a blog follower :)

Toni said...

http://twitter.com/ItsToni/statuses/8918181903
tweet tweet!

Katie said...

I follow Cora's story of Facebook

Katie said...

I have a daughter with CHD, and while the pulse ox may help find some CHD's, many are not going to be detected by pulse ox until it is too late. My daughter's oxygen levels in her blood were normal until the morning before her open heart surgery. We knew of her defect during my pregnancy so we had time to prepare. I suggest that if the pediatrician hears the slightest murmur (abnormal heart rhythm), make them do an echo-cardiogram to be sure!

*Lissa* said...

Follow your blog, of course!

*Lissa* said...

Follow you on Twitter!

*Lissa* said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/LissaJoy/status/8926055613

Ryley @ That's My Family! said...

I learned how simply a pulse ox test is to preform on newborns and I will DEFINITLY be asking for one next time, thanks to Cora!

Ryley @ That's My Family! said...

I follow you on twitter! :)

BeeKay said...

I follow your blog! :)

BeeKay said...

CHD is also the most prevalent birth defect, according to the March of Dimes.

Jess :) said...

I'm a fan/supporter of Cora's on FB

Jess :) said...

I'm a fan of Shabby Chic Designs

Blue Moon Girl said...

CHD is the most prevalent birth defect! Wow!

Blue Moon Girl said...

Blog follower!

Blue Moon Girl said...

Cora's Story follower!

Blue Moon Girl said...

Following you on Twitter!

Blue Moon Girl said...

Following Kristine on Twitter!

Blue Moon Girl said...

Tweeted!

http://twitter.com/thebluemoongirl/status/9063123677

Blue Moon Girl said...

Always a Cora Story fan on Facebook.

Blue Moon Girl said...

Now a fan of Shabby Chic Designs on Facebook! I'm glad to have found them!

Anonymous said...

I follow you on Onceuponacline and I love you. Mom