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For Release 2011-02-10

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- Valentine’s Day celebrations get started a day early this year.


All around the world, February 7-14 is Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week, an annual awareness effort to help educate the public about CHD, considered to be the most common birth defect and a leading cause of birth defect-related deaths worldwide. Locally, this Sunday (13), from 2:30-5:00pm at the Lucie Stern Community Center in Palo Alto, over 50 kids and their families impacted by CHD will join for food, games, crafts, and the sharing of some very emotional stories. It’s the 11th annual Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Day Party, hosted by Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford.


This party is not just a reunion for families with a common, heartfelt bond. It’s also a time of thanks for the phenomenal surgeries and treatments that have allowed these kids to live. The special guest list include patients who have had congenital heart disease surgery in the past year at Packard Children’s, and babies through teens will attend.


Join us for a few pre-Valentine’s Day treats and to meet those for whom every day is a heart day.


Event And Location Info



Lucie Stern Community Center

1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA (map)


About Lucile Packard Children's Hospital
Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2011, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital is annually ranked as one of the nation’s best pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, and is the only San Francisco Bay Area children’s hospital with programs ranked in the U.S. News Top Ten. The 311-bed hospital is devoted to the care of children and expectant mothers, and provides pediatric and obstetric medical and surgical services in association with the Stanford University School of Medicine. Packard Children's offers patients locally, regionally and nationally a full range of health-care programs and services, from preventive and routine care to the diagnosis and treatment of serious illness and injury. For more information, visit