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Congenital heart defects are approximately 60 times more prevalent than childhood cancer.
Congenital heart defect research funding is five times LESS than pediatric cancer research funding although twice as many children die from a CHD each year in the United States than from all forms of childhood cancer combined.
CHDs are responsible for one third of all birth defect related deaths, making CHD the number one cause of birth defect related deaths.
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) has stated that Congenital Heart Defects are a serious and under-appreciated global health problem.
The American Heart Association directs only $0.30 of every dollar donated toward research. The remainder goes toward administration, education and fundraising efforts. Of the $0.30 that goes toward research only one penny goes toward pediatric cardiology for CHD.
Similarly, for every dollar provided by the National Institute of Health, only one penny is allocated toward pediatric research. This means that only a fraction of that one penny will be directed towards CHD research.