PRINTER'S NO. 249
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE RESOLUTION
No.
59
Session of
2019
INTRODUCED BY BOBACK, MURT, READSHAW, HENNESSEY, HILL-EVANS,
SCHMITT, SONNEY, LONGIETTI, MILLARD, OTTEN, BIZZARRO,
YOUNGBLOOD, STAATS, PASHINSKI, BARRAR, EVERETT, DiGIROLAMO,
KINSEY, CIRESI, PICKETT, KORTZ, NEILSON, BROWN, FREEMAN,
CALTAGIRONE, SCHWEYER, SCHLEGEL CULVER AND DEASY,
JANUARY 30, 2019
INTRODUCED AS NONCONTROVERSIAL RESOLUTION UNDER RULE 35,
JANUARY 30, 2019
A RESOLUTION
Designating the week of February 7 through 14, 2019, as
"Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week" in Pennsylvania.
WHEREAS, Congenital heart defects are the most frequently
occurring birth defect and the leading cause of birth defect-
related deaths worldwide; and
WHEREAS, More than 1 million families across this nation are
facing the challenges and hardships of raising children with
congenital heart defects; and
WHEREAS, Every year 40,000 babies are born in the United
States with congenital heart defects; and
WHEREAS, Some congenital heart defects are not diagnosed
until months or years after birth; and
WHEREAS, Undiagnosed congenital heart conditions cause many
cases of sudden cardiac death in young athletes; and
WHEREAS, Despite these statistics, newborns and young
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athletes are not routinely screened for congenital heart
defects; and
WHEREAS, A disproportionately small amount of funding is
available for congenital heart defect research and support; and
WHEREAS, "Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week" provides an
opportunity for families to celebrate life and to remember loved
ones lost, to honor dedicated health professionals and to meet
others affected by congenital heart disease and know they are
not alone; and
WHEREAS, "Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week" also
provides the opportunity to share experiences and information
with the public and the media in order to raise public awareness
about congenital heart defects; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives designate the
week of February 7 through 14, 2019, as "Congenital Heart Defect
Awareness Week" in Pennsylvania; and be it further
RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives encourage all
residents to increase awareness, education and services for
congenital heart defects, which affect thousands of babies in
this Commonwealth each year.
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