1 in 100 Kids have Congenital Heart Disease


Grace Ruschaupt, Writer

Have you ever felt like you were going to collapse after running, swimming, or skating really hard? Many kids and adults with congenital heart disease (CHD) feel this way after even mild exercise. This is because–depending on the type CHD–the blood does not flow well enough to the rest of the body to allow for intense or sustained exercise. Today, 1 in 100 babies are born with a heart defect. In many cases, surgery can help improve the lives of people with CHD. Many people born with CHD endure lots of open-heart surgeries, procedures, and hospital visits in their lifetime. CHD is not talked about enough and does not have as much awareness as it needs to have. CHD awareness is important because research is underfunded and we need this for CHD’ers to live their lives to the fullest potential.


To help raise awareness, my sister (Sophia Ruschaupt class of 2020) and I started a club, “Beating the Odds.” In our club, we discuss ways to raise money and awareness by creating activities such as selling baked goods at Spirit Day, displaying an information table at school events, and having a sign up at the  Freshman Welcome Fair. 


CHD week is February 7-14 so wear your red!