Raising Awareness Together
February is National Heart Month and a time to raise awareness of heart disease and its impact. Heart disease can occur at any age, and children are especially vulnerable when they are affected. Team CCF is urging everyone to focus on pediatric cardiomyopathy and engage in some fun, simple, and safe activities to educate others about the disease.
Encourage your friends and family to wear red on National Wear Red Day, celebrated each year on the first Friday in February. Order CCF red t-shirts and red curebands to get in the spirit.
Highlight Heart Month by changing your Facebook and Twitter banner, and sharing your awareness photos on Instagram. Consider hosting a Facebook fundraiser to raise research funds by clicking "Fundraisers" on the left of your Facebook News Feed page and selecting the "Children's Cardiomyopathy Foundation."
Spread awareness of cardiomyopathy by handing out CCF valentines to friends, colleagues, teachers, and classmates. Or send a valentine's card electronically to all your contacts.
Spread the word about Heart Month and educate others about pediatric cardiomyopathy. View our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages for posts and information to share. Download CCF's fact sheet for additional facts to share, and include the hashtag #CCFHeartMonth when posting.
Commemorate Heart Month by hosting a virtual or in-person bake sale. A Bake for a Cure event is a creative way to involve friends and family in raising awareness of pediatric cardiomyopathy. To start planning, visit CCF's Bake for a Cure page. CCF will assist with ideas and materials.
Share your knowledge of pediatric cardiomyopathy by speaking to scouting organizations, clubs (women's league, alumni, sports), community groups (Lions or Kiwanis Clubs), or giving a presentation at your local library and school. Review CCF's presentation guidelines, and download CCF's media guidebook for tips on contacting local media.
Call or email your elected officials to let them know that you care about pediatric cardiomyopathy. Ask them to support cardiomyopathy-related legislation and increased research spending on pediatric cardiomyopathy. Locate your representative and contact CCF for assistance in drafting your correspondance.