Intermountain Healing Hearts is excited that for the third year, BYU Hockey has a congenital heart defect awareness game.
Tammy Alsup, Vice President of Intermountain Healing Heart, and Dave Pitcher, BYU head hockey coach, came to promote the Intermountain Healing Hearts organization and the BYU Hockey CHD Awareness Game. Joining them was also Tammy’s daughter, Callie, who was born with a congenital heart defect named Pulmonary Atresia and also has Pulmonary Hypertension.
Coach Pitcher of the BYU hockey team was thrown into the world of congenital heart defects when his grandson was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect.
They explained that 1 in 100 babies are born with a heart defect, meaning there is an abnormality of the heart present at birth and approximately half of these defects will require some invasive procedure such as open-heart surgery
The BYU Hockey players will be wearing specially designed CHD Awareness jerseys with the names of some of our CHD heroes on the back. The proceeds from the nights chuck a puck will benefit Intermountain Healing Hearts.
Intermountain Healing Hearts is a non-profit organization that was started in 2007 when 12 families met together at Primary Children’s Hospital and banded together to make sure every family affected by congenital heart defects had support available from others who had been in this situation. Over the past 11 years, this has become a community of friendships and support. There are several activities each year where members can meet together and strengthen these bonds.
Intermountain Healing Hearts has an active Facebook group where members connect and ask questions, ask for advice, and share victories and struggles in a loving environment. Primary Children’s Hospital has trained some members of this group as a part of their family to family program. Parents in the hospital can request a visit from another parent who has been trained in this program.
This group also extends to children that may have heart issues related to infection or other medical conditions. We have a group of adults that have congenital heart defects and are a source of inspiration to those with younger children. Due to the reality of this condition, they also have a group for bereaved parents who lost a child to heart disease. Altogether this group has gone from 12 families in 2007 to over 1200 families today. Every day this number grows.
Catch the BYU VS Weber State game tonight, February 15, at 7:00 PM at The Peaks Ice Arena. It is located at 100 N Seven Peaks Blvd in Provo.